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Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Motel Fire (7920 N Interstate Ave.)

At 4:39 AM this morning Portland Firefighters were called to a fire at the Oregon Motel (7920 N Interstate Ave.). When crews arrived they found one room on fire and another starting to burn. Firefighters worked to ensure residents were out and to extinguish the fire. At one point the fire got into a portion of the attic, but firefighters were able to keep it from completely destroying the structure.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and no occupants were injured, although 11 people will be displaced due to damage. Interstate Ave. was closed for a time between Lombard and Kilpatrick, but is now reopened. Investigators are on scene working to determine the fire's cause. 

Posted on Thu, 06 Feb 2020 15:13:59 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to a Second Alarm Apartment Fire (13000 Block of SE Foster Rd.)

Tonight at at 7:19 PM Portland Firefighters were called to an apartment on the 13000 block of SE Foster Rd. When they arrived firefighters found a second floor apartment burning with flames rapidly moving the the third floor apartment above. The location of the burning apartment within the complex forced fire crews to move hoselines by hand over long distances and by the time they were able to get water on the fire it had spread into the attic.

Fires in large apartment complexes can be difficult to control because a number of tasks have to be accomplished very quickly. In this case firefighters had to search 6 units for occupants, extinguish the fire, cut holes to ventillate deadly fire gases, turn off power to the building and evacuate neighboring buildings. Due to these factors, fire commanders called for a second alarm at 7:26 PM bringing additional resources to the scene.

All residents excaped safely and no injuries were reported. Firefighters rescued one dog who is doing well. Residents were provided temporary warm refuge in a bus, however 4-5 apartments had damage that will likely require residents to be displaced for a longer period of time. The Red Cross will be assisting these residents as needed with finding shelter.

Investigators are on scene working to determine the cause of this fire. Portland Fire crews were assisted by Gresham and Clackamas Fire Departments.

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds you to create and practice a fire escape plan. Know several ways to escape your home and have a safe meeting place. A fire can double in size every 30 seconds so make every second count. If a building is on fire get out and stay out.

Posted on Tue, 04 Feb 2020 06:32:25 GMT

PF&R Responds to a 2nd Alarm Fire in a Duplex (600 Block of SW Sherman)

This morning just after midnight fire crews were dispatched to a home on SW Sherman St. between SW 6th Ave. and SW Broadway Dr. When firefighters arrived they found heavy fire in the basement and on the first floor of a duplex. The duplex was being remodelled and was unoccupied. This fire was complicated by the fact that the home's power line was damaged and the live wire was partially blocking access to the burning house. 

The vacant duplex is surrounded by occupied homes so the initial priority for firefighters was evacuating next door residents and keeping the fire from spreading to those homes. Due to the complexity of this fire a 2nd alarm was called to bring additional resources to the scene. Buses were called to temporarily shelter displaced residents while firefighters worked to extinguish the fire. With the arrival of help, fire crews brought the blaze under control. 

There were no injuries associated with this fire and since the damage to neighboring structures was mainly confined to the exterior, residents were able to reoccupy their homes. Fire Investigators have returned to the scene this morning and continue working to determine the cause of this fire. Anyone who has photo, video and/or witnessed the initial stages of this fire is asked to call (503) 823-INFO. 

Posted on Mon, 03 Feb 2020 18:16:21 GMT


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