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At 2:52 AM, Portland Fire & Rescue received reports of a house on fire at 3610 N. Trenton St.. Engine 26 (Portsmouth/University Park) was the first to arrive and reported heavy smoke outside of the home and that the resident was already out of the structure. A female tenant in her 60's had 2nd degree burn injuries and was transported by AMR to Emanuel Hospital.
Fire crews entered the residence and reported that the home was very cluttered and that they were having difficulty getting around the house due to the large piles of belongings throughout the home. After considerable effort, the crews were able to reach the location of the fire and extinguish the flames.
At the time of this release, fire crews were still at the scene and fire investigators were working to determine the cause of the fire.
Fire response consisted of:
2 Chief Officers
Excessive clutter, or hoarding, not only can create entering and exiting issues for evacuating occupants, but also can delay fire crews entering the structure. Often, exits are blocked and rooms are filled to the ceiling with stacks of belongings that can easily fall over and entrap firefighters. It's important to realize that firefighters have to navigate through the home in heavy-smoke conditions. Although firefighters may force open an inward-opening exterior door to enter, getting out through the same door may present a problem. In addition, these situations can add tremendously to the fire load, or combustible material in the home.
At 9:20 AM, Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to reports of a grass fire across from Heron Lakes Golf course, at 3500 N. Victory Blvd.. Further reports indicated that the wind had blown a tree over, which in turn, pulled down energized power lines with it. Battalion Chief Terry Munro was the first to arrive and upgraded the incident to a wildland response. "We have a Red Flag Alert in the metro area," stated Munro. "The situation is complicated because of the power lines that are down."
Portland Fire crews stood by until Portland General Electric crews were able to respond and ensure that the power to the lines had been cut. Once the power lines had been shut down, Portland Fire crews moved in and quickly extinguished the fire, which had burned an area approximately 200' x 60'. Engine 8 (Kenton) was the first engine to arrive at the scene.
Total fire response included:
2 Brush Units
3 Chief Officers
1 Water Tender
Portland General Electric responds to incidents where their power lines are involved. These incidents include fires, vehicular accidents and downed trees. An Eagle Crew is usually sent out first, which consists of 1 trained line person. If the situation calls for a more resources, they can request a Line Crew, which has 3-5 crew persons. They carry much more equipment and work to mitigate the electrical problem so that the fire department can do their work.
Portland Fire reminds the public that the Fire Marshal has issued a burn ban. At this time the only fires allowed in the city of Portland are charcoal and propane barbecues. The dry conditions, coupled with the high winds that are forecast, create a tremendous potential for fires.
Firefighters were dispatched to a fire at 9:32 pm (99th and E. Burnside) and arrived to a fully involved shed that was spreading to a commercial building next door. The Chief quickly called for a 2nd Alarm (more resources) so they could contain the fire and protect the business (Printing Today , 9943 E. Burnside). Workers were evacuated while fire crews extinguished both fires and checked the roof to make sure that the business was safe to re-enter.
Fire Investigators are on scene to determine a cause and assess a damage estimate. No one was injured during the incident.
Total response: 8 fire engines, 2 trucks, 1 Squad, 6 chiefs, 1 rehab unit, 2 fire investigators
Photos courtesy of Dick Harris
At 3:30 PM, Portland Fire and Gresham Fire were dispatched to a report of grass on fire on the north side of Powell Butte. Upon arriving, fire crews noted that there were two separate fires burning in the park. The first fire was approximately 50' x 75'and three employees of a contracted construction company had already been putting water on the fire, helping to contain it.
"The second fire was up the road and then 300' up the hillside," said Battalion Chief Craig Funk of Portland Fire. "We had to use Brush Unit 29 (Powellhurst) to get to the fire and then replenish the Brush Unit's water supply off of the fire engines."
The two fires were declared under control at 4:20 PM. At the time of this press release, crews remain at the scene, ensuring that the hot spots are out. The cause of the fires is under investigation.
Fire response consisted of:
1 Brush Unit
3 Chief Officers
Because of the difficulty in accessing brush or wildland fires, Portland Fires & Rescue has four Brush Units, strategically placed around the city near the wildland interface areas. A Brush Unit is a 4-wheel drive pickup truck with a modified bed. The Brush Units are able to access terrain and go into places that aren't possible for a fire engine to reach. They carry specialized wildland firefighting equipment and are equipped with a 250-gallon water tank and pump.
At 5:52 PM, Portland Fire was dispatched to a residential fire at 3316 SE 131st Ave. Initial reports were that smoke and fire were visible, coming from the roof. Truck 7 and Engine 7 (Mill Park) were among the first units to arrive and confirmed that heavy brown smoke was coming out under pressure from the eaves and on the second floor.
Once it was verified that the tenants had all made it out safely, the engine crew advanced a hose line into the home, but reported difficulty accessing the 2nd floor because the stairwell was only approximately 20 inches wide. The truck crew cut ventilation holes in the roof, allowing the smoke to exit, which also gave the engine crew access to the fire location.
There were no injuries as a result of this fire. The Red Cross will be assisting the 7 residents and their pets with housing.
At the time of this release, Investigators were at the scene. The cause is under investigation and there is no damage estimate at this time.
Fire response consisted of:
1 Rehab Unit
Portland Fire & Rescue recognizes the invaluable service that the Oregon Red Cross provides the community during emergencies and disasters. Red Cross disaster services focus on meeting people's immediate emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to address basic human needs.
Pictures by Fire photographer, Dick Harris