Buxton – At 5:59 p.m. on Monday, September 24th, firefighters from Banks Fire District 13 were dispatched to respond to the 30,000-block of NW Capehorn Road in Buxton.
The call came in that a metal outbuilding — in this case used for work on maintaining logging trucks, property, et al, as opposed to a shop used to work on farming equipment — was on fire in Buxton, about a 13-minute drive from the Banks fire station.
Residents were home at the time the fire was alerted to the Banks Fire District and they are the people who called 9-1-1.
The original caller told 9-1-1 dispatchers that a 40-foot-by-60-foot metal outbuilding was fully engulfed in flames.
Mitch Ward, public information officer for the Banks Fire District, told the Banks Post its Type-One fire engine — which is the typical-style fire engine many people think of when hearing about fire department responses — “was first to arrive and (begin the) fire attack” on the heavily-involved building fire.
“The incident was upgraded to a full first-alarm fire assignment with additional water tenders from Forest Grove and Cornelius (being) requested to assist in shuttling water to the scene,” Ward said. “Water tenders are necessary to bring in water because there are no fire hydrants available to us to draw (water in from) these rural areas.”
Water tenders carry anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 gallons, Ward said.
Banks Fire District Firefighter Jesse Wren ascended a ladder to “do the honors” of bringing the American flag down that flew in front of the metal outbuilding the entire time it was ablaze.
“The flag, though a little worse for the wear, had managed to survive through the intense heat and smoke from the blaze,” Ward said.
Assisting Banks Fire District throughout the incident was Tualatin Fire Valley and Rescue’s Engine 17 out of North Plains Station 17, and Forest Grove Fire and Rescue, while an engine from Hillsboro Fire and Rescue’s Station 5 helped staff the Banks fire station to maintain the safety of the Banks community while the Banks Fire District focused on putting out the fire in Buxton.
No injuries were reported but the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
This is a developing story until the cause of the fire is determined.