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PF&R Responds to a 2ND Alarm Fire at NW 3rd Ave. & Glisan St.
At 4:34am this morning firefighters responded to a commercial fire located at 510 NW 3rd Ave. When crews arrived, they found heavy fire burning out of the windows on the ground floor located in the back side of the building. Under further investigation, it was discovered that it had extended through the 2nd floor.

Initial reports from callers witnessed some homeless residents running from the building, yet crews confirmed with a rapid search of the first floor that no one was inside. Once the fire was contained, firefighters conducted a secondary search of the first and second floors, and confirmed that the building was clear.

The building is known as old Fire Station 02, which was built in 1913. It was designated as an "unsafe" building in 2010, which means that it would pose an extraordinary threat to the safety of firefighters under fire conditions. It has also been vacant for several years, so additional precautions were taken to ensure the safety of our crews on this 2nd alarm commercial fire.

Currently the fire is under investigation. If anyone has information about the incident, please call our tip line at (503)823-INFO.

This release will be updated with any new information as it becomes available.
Posted on Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:05:18 GMT

Fire Crews Extinguish a Fire in a Mobile Home (16901 SE Division) (Photo)
8/9/2017 7:31 PM-This evening firefighters were called to the American Mobile Home Park (16901 SE Division) for a reported house on fire. When crews arrived they found a mobile home engulfed in flames with neighboring structures threatened. Due to the high heat, firefighters were forced to vent fire gases from the rear of the structure in order to make entry into the front door.

Firefighters searched the house to ensure that no one was inside. No injuries were associated with this fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and an investigator was called to determine what started the blaze.
Posted on Thu, 10 Aug 2017 03:13:24 GMT

PF&R Responds to a Second Alarm Fire (11100 E Burnside St)
8/9/2017 3:30 AM-This morning firefighters were called to an apartment on fire at 11100 E Burnside St. When fire crews arrived they found fire burning in a single apartment and spreading into the attic. The incident commander called for a second alarm to ensure that adequate resources would be available.

Firefighters searched for trapped occupants while they worked to extinguish the fire. A down power line made accessing the fire difficult for a time. The power company arrived and made the line safe. The burning apartment was vacant and no one was injured in this fire, however 13 people have been displaced. Those who need help will be assisted by the Red Cross.

The fire was extinguished quickly and a fire investigator was called to determine the cause of this fire. East Burnside St. was closed to vehicle traffic (including MAX trains) for a time because firefighters had to lay hose across the tracks.

This release will be updated with any new information as it becomes available.
Posted on Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:32:14 GMT

Firefighters Respond to a Brush Fire in the Area of 92nd and Schuyler (Photo)
8/8/2017-This evening just after 7pm fire crews were called to a grass fire just off I205 at 92nd and Schuyler. Arriving firefighters found grass, shrubs and trees on fire. The incident commander requested 5 total fire engines to assist with extinguishing the blaze and it was brought under control within 40 minutes.

An ambulance was called when one firefighter suffered a medical issue, likely related to dehydration and the high outside temperature. The issue doesn't appear to be life threatening. A fire investigator was called to determine the cause of this fire.
Posted on Wed, 09 Aug 2017 03:33:56 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Large Fire in North Portland (Photo)
Yesterday, around 5:30 pm, Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a commercial fire at Schnitzer Company, 12005 N Burgard Rd. When fire crews arrived at Schnitzer's metals recycling yard and port, they found a large pile of burning recycled material. Due to the size of the fire, the proximity of a building and nearby bottles of flammable gases, PF&R called for additional resources. The 2nd alarm was called around 5:45 pm.

As fire crews began setting up the fire engines and trucks to control the fire, due to the size of the fire and the amount of recycled material, crews needed a large amount of additional water. PF&R's Fireboat Campbell was used to pump that needed water from the Willamette River.

Food and water were also needed to be brought to the location for the crews, due to the high heat and length of time it took to put this fire out.

The fire was under control around 8:00 pm. However, crews needed to stay at the location until 4:15 am this morning while working with Schnitzer employees to fully put out the burning material.

There were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Posted on Sun, 06 Aug 2017 14:39:58 GMT

PF&R Assists Sauvie Island FD at a Structure Fire (Photo)
This morning at 8:58 PF&R was called to assist Sauvie Island Fire Department with a structure fire at 16415 NW Lucy Reeder Rd. On arrival firefighters found a mobile home on fire. The house was located on a large lot containing several commercial structures.

Property owners indicated that the structure was unoccupied. Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze that had spread slightly to nearby grain silo's and trees. The fire was extinguished and no injuries were associated with it.

Although the structure was unoccupied several workers kept belongings inside; they will be assisted by the Red Cross. Scappoose Fire District also assisted with extinguishing this fire. A State Fire Investigator is responding to determine the cause of the fire.
Posted on Fri, 04 Aug 2017 19:05:38 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to a House Fire (6200 Block SW Nevada Ct.)
Last night (8/4/17) at 9:38 PM Portland Firefighters were called to a house at 6225 SW Nevada Ct. When fire crews arrived they noted dark smoke issuing from several areas of the home. Firefighters also located a person outside suffering from smoke inhalation. Fire crews immediately began treating the patient and fighting the fire.

The victim was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. The main body of the fire was found on the second floor and it was extinguished, however crews did have to cut a hole in the roof to release flammable fire gases. The fire was confined to one corner of the house.

A Portland Fire & Rescue Investigator was called to the scene to determine the cause of this fire. The investigator determined that this fire was caused when flammable items rested against a light bulb in a closet.

PF&R reminds the public to keep flammable items away from hot objects.
Posted on Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:53:55 GMT

PF&R responds to residential fire in S.E. Portland
Firefighters were dispatched to a house fire (9950 SE Harold St) at 01:24 AM. They arrived to the carport side of the house fully involved. After ensuring that everyone was out of the home, fire crews initially fought the fire from a defensive position (from the outside). The fire was recalled (declared under control) about 30 minutes later. No one was injured during this incident, and total damage is estimated at $35,000.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was most likely caused by an improperly discarded cigarette. According to the Oregon State Fire Marshal:

- One out of ten fires on Oregon Home properties is started by cigarettes.

- Cigarettes are the #1 cause of home fire deaths in Oregon. Forty six percent of fatal fire victims died in fires started by cigarettes.

- One out of every six home fire injuries in Oregon were sustained in fires started by cigarettes.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable home fire deaths. About one out of four fire deaths are caused by smoking materials.

- Put out all cigarettes, cigars, or pipes before you leave the room.

- Never smoke in bed.

- Use deep ashtrays. Don't put ashtrays on the arms of sofas or chairs.

- Keep matches and lighters locked up, away from children. Teach children to tell you if they find a lighter or matches.

- If smokers have visited, check floors and seat cushions for butts and ashes that may have dropped.
Posted on Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:49:59 GMT

Multnomah County Fire Departments/Districts issue summer burn ban
MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OR. -- Multnomah Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis has issued an outdoor burn ban effective Tuesday, August 1, 2017, in all areas of Multnomah County.

The burn ban has been issued due to forecasted high temperatures, limited rainfall and ongoing dry conditions.

The burn ban includes recreational campfires, fire pits, yard debris, agricultural burning and permits issued for open burning until further notice. Check with your local Fire Department/District for more information. For updated information please call the burning information line at:
--503-618-3083 for Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview, Fire District 10
--503-695-2225 for Corbett Fire District 14
--503-621-1242 for Sauvie Island District 30
--503-823-3700 for Portland Fire & Rescue general information

Outdoor barbecuing is still allowed; however, citizens should exercise extreme caution. When using charcoal briquettes please properly dispose of ashes in a covered metal container away from combustibles, and keep the ashes wet for a few days before properly disposing of them. Maintain at least ten feet between outdoor cooking and anything combustible such as siding, fences, shrubbery, etc.

Smokers are reminded to ensure their cigarettes are truly out and placed in proper receptacles.

Those living in rural areas are asked to maintain their defensible space by monitoring growth surrounding homes and structures, and to maintain adequate access for firefighting equipment.
Posted on Wed, 02 Aug 2017 06:05:46 GMT

PF&R Responds to 2nd Alarm Fire on N. Kerby (Photo) ***Update Media Opportunity***
***Update 3***

Members of the media are invited to view some of the evidence collected during the investigation into the Kerby explosion. Specifically, evidence related to the BHO manufacturing operation will be on display.

Date: Friday July 28th, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: SE 13th Pl. & Gideon St. (PF&R Station 23)

***End Update 3***

***Update 2***

The major portion of the investigation into the cause of the Kerby explosion is complete. Investigators have determined that the explosion occurred when a large concentration of butane came into contact with an ignition source. The concentration of butane was created by the homeowner while he was attempting to produce butane hash oil. The ignition source has not been determined.

The State Medical Examiner has identified the victims as Matthew McCrann and Richard Cisler.

This was a very labor intensive investigation it couldn't have been completed so quickly without the help of our partners representing the ATF, PPB, OSP and Gresham Fire.

***End Update 2***

***Update 1***

Yesterday firefighters found a second victim while searching at the site of the explosion, the person was deceased. The victim who was transported to the hospital yesterday has also died. The identities of the two deceased individuals are not being released at this time. The investigation will continue today, PF&R Investigators will be assisted by Investigators from PPB, Gresham Fire the ATF and OSP.

***End Update 1***

Portland Fire & Rescue responds to it's second 2-Alarm fire in as many days. When fire crews were dispatched to a residential fire (6214 N. Kerby) at 2:29 pm. initial reports stated that there were explosions prior to the fire. Firefighters arrived to find a home that was destroyed by an explosion with neighboring homes damaged and on fire. Incident Commanders quickly called for a more units to respond (2nd Alarm) to limit the damage. One patient was transported to the hospital with potentially life threatening injuries. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

This fire presented many challenges for the firefighters. Rapid fire spread, a damaged natural gas line, hot weather, down power lines, and multiple houses affected at the same time. Fire crews continue to search through the debris for any additional victims and investigators are on scene working to determine exactly what happened. This release will be updated as information comes in.
Posted on Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:37:29 GMT

PF&R Responds to 2-Alarm Apartment Fire at 9815 NE Glisan St (Photo)***UPDATE 1***
***Update 1***

The investigation into the deadly fire is continuing this morning. During the course of the investigation, a second deceased person was discovered inside the residence. Fire investigators are working closely with the Portland Police Bureau on this investigation and will provide updates when they become available. The identities of the two deceased individuals have not yet been determined and autopsies are scheduled for later today.

All fire deaths in Portland are investigated in the same manner as a crime until criminality is ruled out. To protect the integrity of the investigation, we aren't releasing any additional information at this time.

***End Update***

PF&R responds to a 2nd Alarm Fire at 9815 NE Glisan St.

Upon arrival, crews reported heavy fire coming from first floor, extending to the second floor. A second alarm was requested shortly after to bring additional personnel to assist. An ambulance was also requested.

Firefighters immediately went in to fight the fire and to search for trapped occupants. One person was found inside, the victim was carried out by firefighters but could not be revived.

Red Cross was called to assist with 10 adults and 15 children who have been displaced by the fire. One firefighter suffered minor burns while fighting this fire. No other injuries have been reported so far.

Fire investigators are on-scene working to determine the cause of this fire. More info will be released as it becomes available.
Posted on Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:45:36 GMT

Crews Respond to a Brush Fire (Near McLoughlin, South of the Ross Island Bridge)
7/22/17 10:05 PM-Tonight just after 10:00 PM Firefighters responded to a brush fire burning between the Willamette River and McLoughlin Blvd. The fire was visible when looking South from the Ross Island Bridge. Fire crews were able to stop the fire while it was still relatively small (50'X 50'). No injuries were associated with this fire, however a homeless camp was damaged.

McLoughlin was closed for a time as firefighters were forced to lay hose lines across the road. Investigators are on scene working to determine the cause of the fire.

The public is encouraged to be extra vigilant during this warm dry weather. Please be cautious when smoking or cooking outdoors and keep an eye out for uncontrolled fire

For more information on wildfire preparedness follow the link below:
Posted on Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:05:03 GMT


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