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Residential Fire (2323 SE 137th Ave.)
Firefighters were dispatched to chimney fire at 3:48 this afternoon (2323 SE 137Th ave). By the time they arrived the fire had spread into the attic. Station 7 (Mill Park) quickly verified that all occupants were accounted for and sent crews inside to contain the fire. Truck 7 also went to the roof to help ventilate the home. Engine 29 (Gilbert),Engine 31 (Rockwood), and Engine 11 (Lents) also responded.
The fire was contained to the attic and was quickly extinguished by firefighters. No one was injured during this incident and a damage estimate is forthcoming.
Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind all that your chimney should be cleaned at least once a year. It take only a small accumulation of creosote glazing to create the potential for a chimney fire. Different types of wood create different amounts of creosote when burned. Pine causes a rapid build-up of creosote and should be avoided as a regular source of wood. Creosote can also reduce the draw of the fireplace and reduce efficiency.
Photos courtesy of Dick Harris (PF&R)
Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Morning Apartment Fire (7017 NE 27th Ave.)
Fire crews were dispatched to an apartment fire at 9:52AM (7017 NE 27Th ave). Station 14 (Alberta Park) arrived to the Dekum Court Apartments and found that a second floor unit was quickly filling up with black smoke. Firefighters made entry and extinguished the fire which started in a closet located in a hallway. Station 8 (Kenton), Station 28 (Rose City) and Station 2 (Parkrose) also responded and assisted with evacuation, obtaining a water supply, and laddering the roof for ventilation.
No one was home at the time of the incident and there were no injuries. Smoke alarms alerted a neighbor and she quickly called 911. "We could hear the alarms way before we could smell anything burning." said the neighbor. Investigators were called to the scene to determine the fires cause and to estimate damage.
This fire was caused by a candle that was left unattended. Damages were estimated at $125,000 to the building and $25,000 to the contents of the unit.
*On average, 42 home candle fires are reported every day *One-half of home candle fire deaths occur between Midnight and 6 am *Young children and older adults have the highest death risk from candle fires *Falling asleep is a factor in 12% of home candle fires and 36% of the associated deaths
PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE RESPONDS TO MULTIPLE HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINES DOWN
This morning at 11:17 am Portland Fire & Rescue responded to the report of a fire in a transient camp. When firefighters arrived they found that the fire had damaged a guy-wire that braced a pole supporting high voltage power lines. The guy-wire snapped and the pole fell taking the lines and several other poles down with it. This caused a local power outage. No one was found in the transient camp when firefighters arrived.
The power lines fell on to several cars, causing damage to the vehicles and making it impossible for people to access their cars until the lines could be de-energized. The damage caused the power lines to hang low over the railroad tracks making it impossible for trains to pass. In addition to those issues, a large amount of transformer fluid leaked when the poles fell.
PP&L was called to handle the power issue and Portland's HazMat team was called to take care of the transformer fluid leak. When fire units cleared PP&L was working to fix the electrical issue and rail traffic was still unable to pass. No injuries were reported in association with this incident.
PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE RESPONDS TO A RESIDENTIAL FIRE (4812 SE 43RD AVE.)
This afternoon at 1:13 pm firefighters were called to a house at 4812 SE 43rd Ave. The homeowner returned from an outing to find smoke coming from the back windows. Firefighters from Station 25 (Woodstock) arrived to find a kitchen fire. The occupants remained safely outside.
The fire was quickly extinguished and fire investigators were called to the scene. No injuries were associated with this fire. Investigators have determined that this fire was caused by an appliance failure. Damages are estimated at $125,000.
Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind residents to turn off appliances when leaving the house.
PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE CALLED TO A FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT (NORTH COLUMBIA BLVD. AND ARGYLE WAY)
This morning at 6:31 am Portland Firefighters were called to the intersection of North Columbia Blvd and Argyle Way. Arriving firefighters found that a four door pickup truck had crashed into a power pole. The pickup had four adult male passengers.
Two of the passengers were able to get out of the truck before firefighters arrived. One passenger was pinned inside the vehicle and the last passenger was deceased. The passenger who was pinned in had to be extricated by firefighters. The three surviving passengers were transported to Emanuel. Two patients were entered into the trauma system, while the third had injuries that were less severe.
Police are on scene investigating and the intersection will remain closed until the investigation is complete.