Firefighters in Hillsboro credit an alert passer-by for putting out a house fire before the flames had a chance to spread.
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue said the fire started shortly before 9:20 a.m. Tuesday in a two-story home on SE Walnut Street.
The first firefighters on the scene arrived to find smoke coming from the front window, and Brian Love on the front porch holding a garden hose.
"I was just driving by and saw smoke and flames coming through the front window. It looked like the fire was right there so I got the hose and sprayed water through the broken window as I called 911," Love told authorities.
Firefighters said the interior of the home was full of smoke, but Love had successfully knocked down the flames with the garden hose. No one was inside at the time.
Investigators don't yet know the cause of the fire, but said it did about $2,000 worth of structural and property damage.
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