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NEWS RELEASE 01/08/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds After a Man Climbs a 50 Foot Tree in SE Portland

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January 8, 2011

8:29 PM

At 4:25 pm Portland Fire & Rescue responded, per police request, to SE 44th and Stark to reports of a man in a tree. At 4:30 pm, fire crews from Station 9 (Hawthorne District) and Station 1 (OldTown) arrived to find a man who had climbed roughly 40 to 50 feet up a tree and was yelling that he was Tre Arrow, a known activist.

Truck 1 positioned their apparatus for use of the aerial ladder, which has a bucket on the end that is used to transport firefighters and patients. After getting close to the man he claimed that he wanted media attention regarding a message he wished to communicate about nature and he did not want to leave the tree with the firefighters.

Crews quickly called for a representative from Project Respond, who works with mental health patients, to confirm that he was not suicidal. Once the representative was on scene firefighters accompanied her in the bucket back up to talk with the man. It was determined that he was not suicidal nor was he a danger to himself or others.

"Our number one priority is safety. Once we determined the man was not suicidal we did not want to take any action that could cause harm to him or to firefighters." said Chief Dan Buckner.

The owner of the property was contacted and gave permission for the man to be in the tree. Because he was not trespassing or a danger to anyone, fire crews soon returned in service but remain ready in case any changes occur at the scene. It is important for crews to return in-service and available for other emergencies as soon as an incident is stabilized. When a fire company is unavailable because they are on an incident in their own area, response times from adjacent stations increase due to travel times and other factors.

Fire crews cleared the scene at 5:47 pm. It was later confirmed by the man’s girlfriend that he was, in fact, Tre Arrow. More information will be given as it becomes available.

Pictures are courtesy of Dick Harris, Portland Fire & Rescue photographer.

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  January 8, 2012

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PF&R Incident Statistics: January 1 - 7, 2012

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Incident Statistics: 

Total Incidents: 1,357

Medical: 1,110

Fire: 46

Other: 201

Major Incidents: 5

  • 01/01/12@ 0137 hrs, Residential Fire, 15300 block ofSE Gladstone St.  Loss: $95,000 Cause: Undetermined at this time
  • 01/01/12 @ 0620 hrs, Residential Fire, 1200 block ofSW Spring Garden St.  Loss: $75,000.  Cause: Undetermined at this time
  • 01/02/12@ 0649 hrs, Residential Fire, 1900 block ofNE Pacific St.  Loss: $11,000 Cause: Undetermined at this time
  • 01/04/12@ 1008 hrs, Hazardous Materials response Level II, 10600 block ofN Swift Ct. Rail car leak of anhydrous ammonia, no injuries, leak repaired by Rail Company.
  • 01/06/12@ 1901 hrs, Apartment Fire, 2600 block of SE 145th Ave. Loss: $12,500 Cause: Electrical short or arc ignited nearby combustibles


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   January 9, 2012 


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Firefighters Respond to "Cold Fire," Operational Smoke Detectors Save the Day

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Damage from fire to a kitchen appliance

At 10:15 am on Sunday, January 8, 2012, Portland firefighters from Portland Station 19 (Mt.Tabor) responded to a "cold fire" in SE Portland. Cold fires are fires that have been extinguished either on their own or by someone other than firefighters. Generally, cold fires are small in nature.

Upon their arrival, Engine 19’s crew found a two-story apartment that had severe smoke damage from a fire that originated somewhere in the kitchen. There was extensive fire and smoke damage to walls, appliances, and wood cabinetry. According to the tenant, her boyfriend had driven to work around 7:00 am and left their two daughters Hylah (11) and Sakirra (9) upstairs in their bedroom sleeping.

Firefighters use a Thermal Imaging Camera or TIC to help with surveying the area for any hidden smoldering material or undoused hot spots.

The fire did activate all the working smoke detectors in the apartment, waking the girls up. When they opened the doorway to the hallway they encountered thick, black smoke which had risen up the stairwell from the kitchen.  The girls were forced back into the bedroom where they immediately called their father who was already on his way back from dropping their mother off at work. He arrived back home a short time after, and extinguished the fire using a large dry-chem fire extinguisher.

Everyone is safe now, but this happy ending could certainly have ended in tragedy with even the slightest change in conditions. The fire in the kitchen could have easily erupted into something larger, but its growth was slowed by the lack of oxygen in the room.

"This 'cold fire' was larger than some smaller kitchen fires that get a full residential fire response," noted Station 19 Captain Joe Renhard.

Fully operational smoke detectors woke up the sleeping girls and alerted them to the problem. Portland Fire & Rescue does, however, recommend that 9-1-1 be called IMMEDIATELY in fire emergencies so that resources that may be needed won't be delayed.

Such as in this case, if you are an adult receiving the call for help from a child, hang up and call 9-1-1 immediately. Do NOT attempt to fight a fire by yourself. The smoke produced by today's fire did contain noxious chemicals that can quickly overcome a person not wearing proper equipment. 

The apartment is currently inhabitable due to smoke damage, and the family is being assisted by the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross.


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   January 10, 2012 


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Keeping Your Business Safe & Sound

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   January 10, 2012 


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NEWS RELEASE 01/12/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to an Early Morning Apartment Fire in NE Portland

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January 12, 2012

8:10 am

At 4:23 am, Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to reports of smoke and flames coming from an apartment at 109 NE San Rafael.  Firefighters from Portland Fire Station 13 (Lloyd District) arrived at the scene in less than four minutes.  Firefighters immediately deployed hoselines and ladders to gain access to the second floor apartment and aggressively attacked the fire. 

The occupant of the apartment reported that he was in the shower at the time of the fire. When he emerged, he noticed smoke and flames coming from the heating unit in the living room of his apartment.  He immediately evacuated and called 9-1-1.  The man suffered smoke inhalation and was treated by Portland firefighter/paramedics before he was transported to Emanuel Hospital for evaluation. 

There are over 30 units in the apartment complex.  During the fire, the main electrical line coming into the complex was compromised due to fire so the utility company shut off power to the complex. 

"With temperatures dropping into the 20's, we are concerned for the well being of residents who will not have electricity or heat for an undetermined amount of time," said Battalion Chief Craig Funk.  "Portland Fire is working with the Red Cross to temporarily relocate residents until electricity is restored."

Fire Investigators determined that the cause of the fire was electrical in nature.  Damage is estimated at $30,000.

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds citizens to make sure all receptacles, switches and electrical components in your home are in good working order. Also, consider consulting a licensed electrician to provide an evaluation of such components. Worn receptacles and cord ends can provide resistance to electrical current creating excessive heat which can cause a fire.


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   January 11, 2012 


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