Fire destroys West Linn triplex, 11 displaced

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Fire destroys West Linn triplex, 11 displaced

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Posted on July 16, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 16 at 11:28 AM

WEST LINN, Ore. -- A 2-alarm fire ripped through a West Linn building overnight, forcing 11 people out into the night.

Just after 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, 911 callers reported heavy fire and loud popping noises at a duplex in the 1900 block of Ostman Road, according to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue officials.

Crews arrived within six minutes and immediately called for additional resources, due to heavy fire volume and threats to nearby buildings.

Almost 50 firefighters spent 40 minutes extinguishing the fire. Damage was limited to two of the three units in the apartment building.

There were no reports of injuries, but firefighters rescued and resuscitated a pet cat.

Eight adults and three children were displaced as a result of the fire. The Red Cross was helping them with housing and other needs.

Investigators said the fire was caused by unattended cooking and then fueled by natural gas. There was no damage estimate available.

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