June 11, 2012
This afternoon at 1:04 pm Portland Firefighters were called to a house at 12705 NE Halsey. On arrival firefighters found black smoke and a resident coming out of the front door. The man was checked for smoke inhalation and burns on scene but declined further medical attention.
Firefighters made entry and began searching for other occupants and fighting the fire. The homes other occupants were located safely outside. Thanks to the quick arrival (within two minutes) of firefighters from Portland's Gateway Fire Station 30 the fire was quickly contained with only minor structural damage. The fire was recalled (declared under control) within 20 minutes.
This fire was caused by an occupant who was fueling power equipment inside the home. The occupant was fueling the equipment using gasoline, near a fire place with a fire burning in it. This caused the fire to exit the fire place and catch the immediate area on fire. At this point the fire department was called. The man next began trying to save the home by carrying burning material through the house to the outside. In so doing the man unintentionally spread the fire to other parts of the house.
Portland Fire & Rescue reminds residents:
1. Keep flammable liquids away from heat sources.
2. Do not enter a structure that is on fire.
3. When exiting a burning structure don't stop to pick anything up unless it's alive.
Single Alarm- Approx. 25 Firefighters
Dispatched- 1:04 pm
First Unit Arrived- 1:06 pm
Recalled (declared under control)- 13:26