Portland Firefighters Respond to Three Fires in Less Than an Hour Friday night. (Photo)
1) At 11:49pm on Friday (03-20-2020) night, Portland Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to a reported fire at 101st and SE Clinton. Upon arrival, firefighters saw smoke and fire from the windows and roof from a boarded-up house. There were initial reports that people may be occupying the house. Crews performed a search while extinguishing the fire and found it to be vacant. There were no injuries on this fire and the cause is under investigation.
2) At 11:51pm, another fire was reported at the Portland Towers Apartments, in NW Portland. This building is a 13-story residential high-rise that does not have a fire sprinkler system. Upon arrival fire crews could see fire coming out of an apartment window on the 8th floor. Crews found fire burning throughout this apartment that originated in the kitchen. A fire in this type of building is very challenging and requires many more units to respond on the initial alarm than a house fire, as all fire hoses and equipment must be carried up the stairwell by firefighters and search and rescue must be performed on multiple floors in conjunction with fire extinguishment. As a result, a second alarm was called quickly to provide the needed additional staffing--bringing approximately 60 total fire responders to the scene--and to ensure residents were protected. Extensive smoke spread throughout 8th and 9th floors of the building; this smoke was ventilated out of the building after the fire in the apartment was extinguished. Smoke detectors in the building activated and alerted residents to evacuate, however several residents on the 8th floor had to shelter in place due to the smoke in that hallway inhibiting egress from their apartments. Additionally, firefighters contacted many of the residents in their apartments on the 1st through 6th floors and had them shelter in place until the fire was extinguished on the 8th floor.
Six residents of the building were transported by ambulance to area hospitals, all with smoke inhalation and one with burns. Fortunately, no patients had life threatening injuries and no firefighters were injured. All occupants of the 8th and 9th floors needed relocation. The Red Cross, building management and PF&R are working extremely well together to assist with relocation. The cause of this fire is under investigation.
Fire crews were released from the scene approximately two hours later.
In 1990 a fire in this same building, also on the 8th floor, almost killed two firefighters who became separated from their crews and ran out of air.
3) At 12:27am, (03-21-2020) approximately 30 mins after the initial alarm to Portland Towers, a third fire was reported on 55th and SE Francis. This was a small cooking fire that was extinguished quickly. No injuries occurred as result of this fire. Because many of Portland Fire & Rescue Battalion Chiefs were already working at previous fires, this fire required a Gresham Battalion Chief to assist in our efforts.
Portland Fire & Rescue and its inter-agency partners are continuing to work hard and dedicate themselves to the needs of community, despite the additional challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Posted on Sat, 21 Mar 2020 19:13:03 GMT
UPDATED! Multnomah County Health and Portland Fire & Rescue ask Community for Personal Protective Equipment Donations
UPDATE: We asked. You delivered. When Portland Fire & Rescue and Multnomah County asked for donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to help with a shortage in our healthcare system, our community came through.
In just one day we received:
- 759 respirators/face masks
- 358 containers of disinfecting wipes
- 41 boxes or 7800+ pairs of gloves
- 7 bottles/refill containers of hand sanitizer
- 1 box of gowns
We received donations in both small and large quantities, from individuals and organizations. From a container of disinfecting wipes from one person to hundreds of gloves from Airbnb and Portland State University and over 500 respirators from Stumptown.
Remember, larger or more complicated donations can be coordinated by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the demand, a third site will come online beginning Monday, March 23:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Yeon Building, 1620 SE 190th Ave.
(See instructions on the drop box located outside of the building.)
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who came out today and donated PPEs for our local healthcare system. We had such a great response that we are adding weekend hours at the Multnomah Building from 10 am to 2 pm.
We also wanted to add some more information about the state the donations should be in:
- Donations should be clean and unused. Gloves should be in a sealed box.
- If you know neighbors who wish to donate, try to consolidate donations for fewer trips to the site.
- Do not take donations directly to medical sites; they are too busy to receive donations and they want to keep contamination risks down.
- If you have questions or have a large quantity of equipment that you would like to donate & need pickup, email email@example.com
There is an unprecedented demand on first responders and the health system due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we are facing a severe shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We are asking the community to donate all unused gear.
We are reaching out to people in the medical field who are no longer operating, those in the construction field who have dust masks and respirators, and whomever else has this equipment to share.
Specifically, donations are requested of the following PPEs:
- latex free gloves
- procedural masks
- surgical masks
- N95 respirators and N95 filters
- Other respirators (P100's, PAPR's, and PAPR supplies / parts)
- face shields
- splash shields
- hand sanitizer
- disinfecting wipes
Donated equipment should to be dropped off at one of either two locations:
Portland Fire & Rescue
Between the hours of noon-4 pm Monday - Friday
Fire Marshal Office Parking Lot
1300 SE Gideon St
Portland, OR 97202
Multnomah County Headquarters
(Loading dock on 6th St.)
501 SE Hawthorne
Portland OR 97214
Media can get footage at 1 pm today at Portland Fire’s Fire Marshal Office parking lot.
Please help us spread the word about this very important need. Without this gear, hospitals and clinics may need to shut down and first responders will be limited in their abilities to help.
Posted on Sat, 21 Mar 2020 00:05:39 GMT