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Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to an Apartment Fire (2500 N Williams)
9/20/2017-This afternoon at 1:34 PM fire crews were called to a reported apartment fire at 2500 N. Williams. On arrival fire crews found a small fire on a stove top. One person was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening smoke inhalation. The fire also damaged cabinets above the stove, but was quickly extinguished by firefighters.

This fire was apparently caused by cooking left unattended. No other injuries were reported.
Posted on Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:37:30 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue responds to a house fire in SE
Firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire (5515 SE Ramona) at 10:25 PM. They arrived to heavy smoke and flames from the front of the home. Fire crews made an aggressive attack on the fire initially, but Incident Commanders decided to fight the fire transitionally, pulling crews out and hitting the fire from the outside, then knocking the rest down from the inside. This method was used after verifying that all occupants were out of the home. Shortly afterward, the fire was recalled (declared under control) and firefighters were able to extinguish the remaining hot spots. No one was injured during this incident, but The Red Cross was called out to help 2 adults and 2 children find shelter.

Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind all to "Watch Your Butt". 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.

- Never throw cigarette butts on the ground, but dispose of them in proper metal containers with water.
Posted on Thu, 07 Sep 2017 09:04:26 GMT

Second Alarm House Fire in SE Portland Sends One to Hospital
PF&R crews were dispatched to what was thought to be a small fire outside of a home at 7916 SE Lambert. Fire crews arrived to find that the fire had extended to the nearby two story home, as flames and smoke were visible from the second story and attic. Due to heavy fire and fallen power lines, which complicated access to the fire, PF&R Incident Commanders requested a second alarm assignment to provide protection for initial crews and nearby homes. The fire was extinguished just after 7pm and Arson Investigators were sent to the scene to determine a cause.
Two residents of the home were evaluated for smoke inhalation -one was transported to Emanuel Hospital for minor smoke inhalation injuries.
Update on damage assessment and cause will be provided when available.
Posted on Wed, 06 Sep 2017 05:58:42 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue Joins Mutual Aid Task Force (Photo)
Yesterday, Portland Fire & Rescue along with many other fire bureaus such as Gresham, Corbett, Forest Grove, and Hillsboro Fire Departments, launched a Task Force to help battle the Eagle Creek wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge.

Currently, Portland Fire & Rescue has 4 Fire Engines, 1 Truck, and 2 brush units deployed to the fire. We have over 40 firefighters and command staff deployed to assist in the containment of the fire.

All of your local fire stations are fully staffed and are prepared to respond to all local emergencies.

The pictures attached are of our crews protecting the Multnomah Falls Lodge.

Due to the increased smoke in the area, PF&R wants to encourage everyone to avoid outside activities, and stay inside. Check on your family, friends, neighbors and pets to be sure they are all doing okay.

To learn how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke visit

To learn tips and tools you need to prepare for a wildfire visit
Posted on Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:11:56 GMT

PF&R Responds to a Fire at 632 E Burnside
9/1/17-This morning just after 5:00 a.m. firefighters were called to a fire at 632 E. Burnside. Arriving firefighters found the back deck on fire at the B-Side tavern. This fire had also moved from the deck and was burning in the building's attic.

Crews quickly extinguished the deck fire, but the attic fire took more time since the fire was burning in concealed spaces. These hidden spaces are common in older buildings and are often created when people repair or remodel. All of the fire was eventually extinguished and no injuries were associated with this incident.

Initial reports indicated that someone was seen running from the fire area. An investigator was called to determine what caused this fire and if the running person was involved. The investigation is ongoing and fire commanders are working to estimate damages.
Posted on Fri, 01 Sep 2017 14:49:11 GMT

Crews Fight a Fire at The International School (SW Sherman/SW Water)
8/31/2017 2:43 a.m.-This morning firefighters responded to a commercial fire alarm at The International School in Portland. When they arrived the crew noted smoke and fire from one side of the building. The officer in charge called for more firefighters as the rest of the crew worked to determine the best way to extinguish the fire.

This fire was burning on the structure's exterior (reportedly in or near a dumpster) and quickly spread into the building. The fire also damaged the school's electrical supply, creating an additional hazard. Firefighters used non-conductive extinguishing agents to extinguish the electrical fire and they used water to extinguish the remaining flames. P.G.E. was called to disconnect the buildings power supply for safety.

Within a short amount of time most of the fire was extinguished and firefighters worked to put out hot spots. At the same time crews worked to cover valuable equipment and material inside the school.

A fire investigator is working to determine the cause of this fire and this release will be updated with this information when it is released.
Posted on Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:25:54 GMT

Family Escapes Fire by Executing a Plan that Includes an Escape Ladder (6036 SW Idaho) (Photo)
8/29/2017-Just before 4:00 p.m. today, a family realized that they had a fire in their house. The father began yelling for everyone to get to safety, however the family's middle son was upstairs and the fire was in a room at the foot of those stairs. Fortunately, the family had a plan and the son used a collapsible ladder to escape from an upstairs bedroom.

The father extinguished the fire prior to the arrival of firefighters so crews worked to remove smoke from the structure. The exact cause of this fire hasn't been determined, but it involved a hoverboard.

Thanks to smart and timely action by the family, no one was injured in this fire. Investigators are working to determine the exact cause of this fire.
Posted on Wed, 30 Aug 2017 02:30:14 GMT

Portland Resident Charged With May Day Protest Arson (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue's Arson Unit made another arrest associated with the May Day protest.

Thirty-six year old, Sarah Pugh, was arrested and charged with Riot, Arson 2, and reckless burning. Pugh was one of the protesters that set fires in two intersections. The first fire was located at SW 4th Ave. & Morrison St., and the second at SW Park Ave. & Morrison St.

The Arson Unit had previously arrested Pugh for reckless burning on another unrelated incident in June of this year.
Posted on Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:40:56 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to a Residential House Fire in NE
At 12:10am Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a residential fire at NE Prescott and 82nd Ave. Portland Police were on scene prior to crews arriving and reported the front door was open and fire was visible inside the home. When crews arrived, they confirmed there was a fire inside the single story residence. Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire and search for any occupants.

One adult escaped the fire and had no known injuries. A fire investigator was called to the scene to help determine the cause of the fire.
Posted on Sun, 27 Aug 2017 07:42:14 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Three Residential Fires Within an Hour This Morning
Crews were dispatched at 1:56am to the first fire, located at NE Highland St & Rosa Parks Way. Initial details received noted that one of the residents got out, and there were possibly two people still in the basement of the single-story home. When crews arrived, they reported smoke issuing from the basement. Immediately firefighters performed a primary search of the basement, and confirmed that everyone got out. Within 8 minutes of arrival they got a good knock down on the fire, conducted searches on the first floor, the attic, and contained the fire to the basement area.
The second incident, that was dispatched at 2:58am, was a mutual aid call with Clackamas Fire. This fire consisted of the two other residences. The neighboring homes were located at SE 56th Ave. and Cooper St. Initial reports stated that one house was on fire, and that people were yelling and screaming, and trying to put the fire out at the back of the house with a garden hose. When our crews first arrived, they reported that the house was fully involved, and that the fire was extending to the neighboring house. Firefighters were quickly able to confirm with one of the residents that everyone was out of the first house. They immediately performed a primary search of the second home to be sure that the residents got out, and did an initial defensive fire attack on the first home.
A second alarm was called within 5 minutes of arrival, due to multiple hazards that were identified early in the incident. Not only were two homes involved, but there was a downed arcing power line, and a leaking gas line. Life safety is always the primary focus, and more crews were needed. Firefighters turned off the gas at the meter to the first house, but were not able to on the second house. This was because the gas meter had melted from the heat of the fire. PGE and NW Natural were called to the scene to contain the power and gas line hazards. Within 13 minutes of arrival, crews were able to get a good knock-down on the fires in both homes.
Three people escaped the fire from the first home, and one person, two dogs, and a bunny escaped the fire from the second home.
No injuries were reported, and the Red Cross is assisting three residents from the first fire, and five residents that were displaced from the second alarm fire.
Investigators are currently working on determining the cause for both of the incidents. Updates will be posted as soon as they are received.
PF&R wants to remind you that if a fire breaks out in your home, you must get out fast, and close doors behind you. Get out and stay out! It is also important that everyone knows at least two unobstructed exits, doors and windows, from every room. Have two ways out!
Posted on Fri, 25 Aug 2017 16:18:21 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Two Residential Fires
There were two residential fires that came in within 5 minutes of each other this morning.
The first one, at 5120 NE 24th Ave., came in at 7:26am, and the second incident, at 7902 SE 92nd Ave., came in at 7:31am.

The 24th Ave. fire was a home that was fully involved, and upon arrival our crews received word from the home owner that everyone was able to get out. Fire fighters initially performed a defensive attack to get the fire knocked down, then went interior to extinguish the remaining fire.
The fire was recalled at 7:42am and there were no injuries reported from this fire.

The 92nd Ave. fire was a fully involved detached garage. There were no exposures, and the garage was vacant. Crews were able to get a good knockdown on the fire within 5 minutes and the incident was recalled at 7:52am.

PF&R wants to remind you that if a fire breaks out in your home, you must get out fast, and close doors behind you. Get out and stay out! It is also important that everyone knows at least two unobstructed exits, doors and windows, from every room. Have two ways out!
Posted on Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:28:32 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue Respond to an Early Morning Fire
At 4:51am Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a residential fire at N Fiske Ave. and N Butler St. When crews arrived, they reported heavy fire on the back of the home, and the detached garage. The fire started on the back porch and extended to the first and second floors, and the garage. Within 15 minutes the fire fighters had contained the fire, and completed a search of the home for any other residents.

All three of the occupants, and their dog, escaped the fire without any injuries.

The fire was determined to be caused by improperly disposed cigarettes.

It is important to remember to always use a deep, sturdy ashtray that cannot be tipped over. They can also be doused in water or sand. Never discard cigarettes in potted plants or landscaping -- they can easily catch fire.
Posted on Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:22:21 GMT


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