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SW Portland 2nd Alarm - Large Residential Fire


Fire crews were dispatched shortly after 1:00 am to a fire in the area of Highway 26 and the Vista Bridge tunnel.  Initial callers were drivers on Highway 26 and were unable to give the 911 dispatcher an accurate address.  First alarm fire apparatus, including two Battalion Chiefs and one Deputy Chief, converged in the general area unable to locate the fire.  A third caller called 911 and was able to give an accurate address on SW Montgomery Place. 

Fire crews were delayed due to the narrow streets, steep terrain, and fire apparatus having to redirect to the correct address. Upon arrival, the large residential home was fully involved and crews defensively (from the outside) attacked the fire with large volume hose lines and a mounted water turret device, capable of flowing a minimum of 350 gallons of water per minute.  Water supply was an additional challenge due to the limited availability and access to fire hydrants.   

Given all the challenges, fire crews were successful in containing the large fire to only the involved residential structure due to effective firefighting tactics and a well communicated strategy.  Red Cross is assisting one displaced resident. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Portland Fire & Rescue would like to thank the residents of SW Portland for parking personal vehicles legally along the extremely narrow streets.  Often the streets in SW Portland can be challenging due to the width and length of the fire engines and trucks.

Stay Home. Save Lives.

Posted on Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:06:14 GMT

UPDATED! Multnomah County Health and Portland Fire & Rescue ask Community for Personal Protective Equipment Donations (Photo)


Thank you to everyone who has joined in to donate PPEs to support our healthcare system.

These donations have come in both large (thank you to Powell’s Books for 20,000 masks and 8,800 masks from a Singapore Corporation that does business in the US through BinocularLink) and small. All are appreciated!

There are currently two donation sites operational:

Donation drop sites

Portland Fire & Rescue

Fire Marshal Office, 1300 SE Gideon St., Portland

Noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Multnomah Building 

501 SE Hawthorne, Portland (loading dock on 6th St.)

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

These are the updated items requested:

  • Procedural masks            
  • Surgical masks            
  • N95 respirators and N95 filters            
  • Other respirators (P100's, PAPR's, and PAPR supplies or parts)            
  • Face shields            
  • Splash shields            
  • Gowns            
  • Hand sanitizer            
  • Disinfecting wipes
Donate other goods and services

The Joint response is also seeking donations of:

  • Toilet paper
  • Facial tissue
  • Thermometers
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered disinfectant
No longer accepting
  • Gloves
  • Hand-made masks
  • Pet food

Multnomah County and the City of Portland have launched the Joint Volunteer Information Center (JVIC) to coordinate volunteers and donations to support the COVID-19 emergency response. 

Organizations and individuals across the region are invited to help by volunteering, and donating essential supplies like personal protective equipment (PPE). Learn more online or call 503-406-3696 to volunteer, and donate supplies or services.






Posted on Sat, 04 Apr 2020 01:52:23 GMT

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


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