Woman found dead in burning Tigard duplex, fire officials say

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue responded to a house fire in Tigard on Sept. 20, 2018. KATU photo

TIGARD, Ore. – A woman was found deceased inside of a burning duplex in Tigard on Thursday morning, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) said.

Officials said they believe the 69-year-old woman likely did not make it out of the burning home in time, but they will still investigate her cause of death.

"Unfortunately, they did find one female that was deceased inside the structure, and then we've got a gentleman that has sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital," Kim Haughn, the public information officer with TVF&R, said.

Neighbors called 911 at about 6:45 a.m. to report dark smoke and flames coming from the side of a duplex in the 9000 block of Southwest Hall Boulevard.

KATU’s Chopper 2 flew over the scene and saw flames coming from the windows of the home.

Officials say a brother and sister were inside the duplex when the fire started. The brother is in the hospital and the sister was found dead at the scene.

They say there was one person inside the other unit of the duplex, but that resident made it out safely. That unit was damaged by smoke.

"Unfortunately, we did notice when crews arrived they didn't hear any smoke alarms going off, so there was no warning for them to get out in a timely manner," Haughn said.

Fire crews are urging people to check their fire alarms and ensure they are working. "It's definitely a grim reminder of how important smoke detectors are," Haughn said.

Investigators are working to find out what caused the fire.

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