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Two-alarm fire burns 100-year-old home in Forest Grove

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FOREST GROVE, OR (KPTV) -

A Forest Grove family is without a home after their 100-year-old house went up in flames early Friday morning.

The Roberts family, though, can thank working smoke detectors for alerting them to the smoke. The alarms went off about 4:30 a.m.

Parents Marcus and Roberta Roberts thought it was a nuisance alarm at first. The Fire Marshall told Fox 12 the Roberts just wanted to turn the alarm off before it woke up their three young children, but when they opened the bedroom door, they saw thick black smoke.

The parents were able to get everyone out of the house safely, though Marcus did have to jump out a window. The family was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation, but they are all doing okay now.

Two cats however could not be found during initial searches, however one did appear in the yard later in the day. As for the house on Hawthorne Street, it is a total loss.

It was a hard fire for Forest Grove firefighters.

There was a back draft explosion which sent fire throughout the house, and crews could only fight the flames from outside. The roof collapsed, but fortunately, this two alarm blaze did not spread to the house next door.

The Fire Marshall said he thought the fire started in the basement, but he doesn't know how. The basement is filled with about five feet of water, and it could be days before investigators can get into the basement to look for a cause of this fire.

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