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Published on May 20, 2024
Fatal House Fire in Aloha Neighborhood Claims One Life, Cause Under InvestigationSource: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

Tragedy struck an Aloha neighborhood when a house fire claimed the life of one individual on Sunday afternoon. According to KATU, firefighters found the body inside a bedroom of a home in the 6000 block of Southwest Zabaco Terrace after a 911 caller reported seeing smoke at around noon.

Initial attempts by the caller to check for occupants, who both rang the doorbell and received no reply, proved futile. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered smoke billowing out from a window on the second floor. The blaze, which presented challenges due to an "extensive number of personal items" inside, was eventually subdued by the crews from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, KOIN reports.

While extinguishing the flames was a priority, the search for any inhabitants was conducted simultaneously. "Officials say as firefighters knocked down the flames, others searched the home and found one person deceased," KATU detailed in their account of the incident.

The identity of the deceased has not been disclosed pending notification of next of kin, and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation, KPTV confirms. The community awaits further details as authorities piece together the circumstances that led to this unfortunate and fatal event.