Tigard fire originated at baseboard heater

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TIGARD, Ore. (AP) -- Investigators say a fire that damaged a Tigard senior apartment complex late Wednesday was caused by combustibles placed too close to a baseboard heater.

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue responded to the blaze at about 10:30 p.m., when the fire had already consumed a ground-level apartment and the second-story apartment above. Firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to adjacent apartments.

Investigators said Thursday that the fire started in the front bedroom of the ground-floor unit.

No one was injured in the fire, but two units were heavily damaged and three people displaced.