Ore. Man Hurt Saving Dog From Mobile Home Fire

Aug. 30--Four people were displaced and one person injured in an early morning fire in Hillsboro, fire officials said Saturday.

The injured man had re-entered the mobile home to retrieve his dog, according to Hillsboro Fire and Rescue investigators. He was taken to The Legacy Oregon Burn Center in Portland.

Two other adults and a child escaped without injury, as did the dog.

Firefighters were dispatched to the 600 block of Southeast Third Avenue at 1:06 a.m. Saturday. By the time the first engine company arrived, flames were coming through the windows on both sides of the home and burning the front deck.

Crews extinguished the blaze in about 10 minutes, authorities said.

Witnesses told fire investigators that one of the residents and his 2 1/2 -year-old nephew were on the front deck when they saw flames inside the front door.

The parents of the boy were not home when the fire started.

The fire was electrical in nature, according to investigators, and the mobile home is a total loss.

The family is receiving aid from the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross for temporary housing and other needs.

-- Kristi Turnquist

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