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Unoccupied home 'heavily damaged' in overnight fire

Fire caused roof to collapse on five-bedroom, 4,000 square foot home


Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO: TUALATIN VALLEY FIRE & RESCUE - Fire engulfed an unoccupied two-story home early Wednesday morning, causing the roof to collapse.A fire engulfed an unoccupied two-story home near Pattulo Way and Stafford Road early Wednesday morning, causing heavy damage.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to the fire shortly after 2 a.m., when a local resident discovered the blaze and called it in. The five-bedroom, 4,000 square foot home had recently been finished and put on the market, according to TVFR, and no one was home at the time of the fire.

"When we arrived, there was a heavy fire coming from the upper story of the house," TVFR spokesperson Peter Scott said. "The bulk of the fire was on the exterior."

According to TVFR, firefighters were able to knock down most of the fire within 20 minutes, but the home was "heavily damaged."

A fire investigator was on the scene Wednesday morning, but Scott said structural issues in the home were delaying a full examination of cause of the fire.

"There are some walls on the upper story that aren't stable," Scott said. "We have to wait for it to be shored up before doing things in there."

Neighbor Mike Strub was the first person to discover the fire as he arrived home from work.

"By the time I got there, during the 911 call, the roof actually collapsed," Strub said. "I don't know if the fire fell inside then, or if it had already started within."

Strub knew the home was on the market, and thus assumed it was unoccupied.

"I looked around and didn't see anyone suspicious," he said.

Contact Patrick Malee at 503-636-1281 Ext. 106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





Videos submitted by Mike Strub

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO: TUALATIN VALLEY FIRE & RESCUE - The fire was controlled within 20 minutes after TVFR arrived, but the home was still heavily damaged.

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO: TUALATIN VALLEY FIRE & RESCUE - A fire investigator was on the scene Wednesday morning, but could not perform a full examination until structural issues at the home were accounted for.

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO: TUALATIN VALLEY FIRE & RESCUE - Local resident Mike Strub discovered the fire upon arriving home from work just after 2 a.m., and immediately called 911.




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