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Crews battle house fire in Hillsboro area; firefighters confirm death of woman

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HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) -

A woman died in a house fire in the Hillsboro area on Thursday afternoon.

Crews from the Hillsboro Fire Department and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to the scene near Northwest 191st Avenue and Walker Road.

Firefighters worked to control the fire, stating it had a heavy fuel load.

By 4 p.m., firefighters reported the fire was under control, but crews were continuing to work to put out spot fires connected with the main blaze.

From the skies, you could see extensive damage and witnesses said they saw heavy smoke and flames around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

“Couple hundred feet in diameter so yeah it was the largest plume of smoke I’d ever seen,” witness, Andy Preheim said.

“Most of it was coming from on one side of the house and it was like coming through the roof so you could see the roof was in flames and they were working to get it out on half of the house” witness, Felina Powell said.

Neighbor River Wolf was in the backyard doing yard work when he heard something alarming in the neighborhood.

“All of a sudden I hear crackling noises like there’s a fire. And I look up and there was a big black cloud of smoke,” Wolf said.

His neighbor’s two-story house was on fire.

“Within like a few seconds I noticed there was an older lady trapped underneath the stairs and so I ran back, tried to grab a fire extinguisher see if we could do anything to help but the time I got back it was too late,” Wolf said.

One woman died in the fire, according to a Hillsboro Fire Department spokesperson. It was not immediately clear if anyone else was injured.

Wolf told FOX 12 he feels for the family as he said he tried to help in any way he could to help his neighbor.

“We would always see them, they would always be friendly when they were around and they were always nice people to be neighbors to,” Wolf said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and the name of the woman has not yet be released.

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