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Portland Fire & Rescue responds to an early morning fire in N.E.
Firefighters were dispatched to a house fire (1150 N.E. 117th Ave.) at 1:20 AM. First arriving crews reported heavy fire coming from the roof. Additional crews were sent to protect neighboring homes. A partial roof collapse hampered efforts to extinguish the fire. Firefighters also had to work around a "downed" power line. The fire has been recalled (declared under control) , but firefighters will remain on scene to put out any hot spots. A fire investigator has been called to the scene, and no one was injured during this incident.
Posted on Tue, 30 Jan 2018 10:11:42 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue is on scene of a house fire in SE.
Fire crews responded to house fire (9900 block of SE Holgate) at 9:12 PM. They were met by heavy fire and smoke coming from the front of the structure. Firefighters quickly verified that all residents were out of the home and extinguished the fire. Crews are still on scene and an investigator has been called out to determine a cause and assess damage.

Fireplaces and chimneys are the number one source of home heating equipment fires.

- Keep kindling, paper, and decorations away from fireplaces and wood stoves.

- Never use gas or lighter fluid to start a fireplace or wood stove.

- Don't burn cardboard boxes, newspaper, or trash. They burn too hot and can cause a chimney fire.

- Have a service person inspect and clean your chimney or wood stove each year.
Posted on Tue, 30 Jan 2018 05:36:24 GMT

Portland Fire and Rescue responds to a residential fire in NE.
Firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire at 7:37 PM (5850 NE 10th Ave). They arrived to light smoke coming from the front of the home. The homeowner had extinguished the bulk of the fire with a fire extinguisher, and then met crews and informed them that everyone was out of the house. Firefighters then went in and checked to make sure that the fire didn't spread into any other areas of the residence. No one was injured during this incident.

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S.

-Keep dishtowels, paper towels, pot holders, and combustible items away from stove burners.

-When cooking, stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on the stove.

-Don't wear loose sleeves over hot stove burners - they can melt, ignite, or catch on handles of pots and pans

-If a cooking fire starts, smother it with a pot lid. Never throw water on a grease fire, and do NOT try to pick up the pan.

Remember to only use a fire extinguisher if you have been trained on proper usage.
Posted on Tue, 30 Jan 2018 05:27:37 GMT

UPDATE 1/29/2018 @ 2:18 PM: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Second Greater Alarm (Photo)
UPDATE 1/29/2018 @ 2:18 PM:
Anyone with video of the fire prior to the arrival of Portland Fire & Rescue is asked to call 503-823-INFO and leave their contact information.


At 7:00pm last night Portland Fire & Rescue responded to alarms sounding at a commercial building located at 5127 SW Macadam Ave. Initial reports noted that there was smoke issuing from the elevator shaft. At the time the fire alarm sounded there were a few people in the building; these people quickly evacuated once they realized there was a fire. First arriving companies reported smoke issuing from the building, and it was decided to call for a second alarm.

When fire fighters entered the structure, they discovered that there was smoke banked down to the floor level. Crews conducted a primary search to confirm that no one was in the building, and during this search, it was reported that portions of the second floor felt "spongy." This term usually means that there is fire below the firefighters that compromises the structural integrity of the floor they're standing on. Due to the size of the building, the low visibility, and the weakened areas of the structure, it was challenging for crews to locate the fire. It was decided early on to transition to a defensive attack, which means that the fire is fought from the exterior of the structure; an interior attack on this type of fire would put crews at risk. Safety is always the first priority on any incident.

The incident was upgraded to a third alarm within the first 30 minutes, and then a fourth alarm not too long after. At its height, there were 100 firefighters on scene. Five fire trucks were strategically placed on all sides of the structure to surround and drown the fire.

The incident was recalled at 12:30am, and crews worked throughout the night to maintain a fire watch by putting water on any flare-ups that occurred.

Investigators are currently on scene, and will not be able to begin the investigation until all of the flare-ups have been extinguished and it is determined which areas of the building are safe to enter. Updates will be posted as soon as they are received.
Posted on Mon, 29 Jan 2018 22:18:14 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to a 3rd Alarm Fire
At 8:14am this morning Portland Fire & Rescue, along with mutual aid from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, responded to a commercial alarm at 4626 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.
When crews first arrived, they reported heavy black smoke coming from the center section of the commercial building. Smoke was issuing from the first floor and crews conducted a primary search of the structure for any possible victims. None were found, and a second alarm was called within just a few minutes of arrival due to the size of the building, and the need for additional crews. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the fire was burning through the interior of the building up through the roof. While crews fought the fire from inside the structure, fire fighters cut holes in the roof for ventilation, and attacked the fire from above. It was challenging to cut through the roof due to a thick foam block insulation that made up a large portion of the roofing material. When foam insulation is exposed to fire, it burns rapidly and produces intense heat, dense smoke and toxic gases. Therefore, it took crews more time to extinguish and remove all of the burning material from the roof.
A third alarm was called at 9:11am because of the need for more fire fighters and a rehab rig to allow crews to be rotated out. When large incidents occur, it is important to reduce the possibility of heat exhaustion from occurring, due to the extended time of exposure to fire fighting conditions.
There were no injuries at this fire, and it is currently under investigation. Any updates on the fire will be released when received.
Posted on Sun, 28 Jan 2018 19:54:36 GMT

Firefighters provide medical aid to cat rescued from SE Portland home (Photo)
At aproximately 5:42 pm Portland Fire&Rescue crews were dispatched to a mobile home fire near the 8400 block of SE Lambert. Crews arrived to find smoke from the unit and after making entry found a fully involved kitchen fire. The fire was put out quickly despite some initial difficulty with narrow entrances and cramped streets for setting up firefighting equipment.
During the course of the operation crews also found a cat inside, carried it out to safety and then applied oxygen from equipment specially designed for animal rescue. Last reports were that the cat was doing well.
No other occupants were inside the home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.
Fire investigators have not released a cause.
Posted on Wed, 24 Jan 2018 05:32:41 GMT


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