Watts and Greenville – Forest Grove Fire & Rescue and Banks Fire District #13 responded to two unrelated fires on Saturday, April 14; one in Watts on Andresen Road near the junction of Gales Creek Road and Stringtown Road, and one near Greenville on Highway 47 between Reiling Road and Vandehey Lane.
According to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue Public Information Officer David Nemeyer, crews stationed at the quarters next to the Gales Creek Fire Station responded to a chimney fire at 4:45 p.m. at a home on NW Andresen Road, a private road near Watts.
The 911 caller had noted flames coming out of the chimney.
The fire did not spread, and after evaluating the home, crews were cleared from the scene.
Around 6:30 p.m., Banks Fire District #13 and Forest Grove Fire & Rescue responded to a residential fire on Highway 47 near Greenville on Highway 47 between Reiling Road and Vandehey Lane. Described as a “room and contents” fire, which means the fire was in one room according to Nemeyer, the fire was doused by Banks Fire Distict #13, who arrived on the scene before Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.
There were no injuries during the fire, but fire and smoke damage to the home was significant.
Highway 47 was briefly closed while crews fought and then mopped up the fire, according to a notice posted by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue on their Facebook page.
Sources and more information:
David Nemeyer, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue PIO
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue Facebook page.
On-scene reporting from Gales Creek Journal Editor Chas Hundley