August 15, 2012
Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to reports of a house on fire at 4536 SE Woodward St. at 2:20 pm. Upon arrival, firefighters from Portland Fire Station 9 (Hawthorne) found the house fully involved in fire. Firefighters advanced inside the home, launched a primary search for any occupants and began an aggressive fire attack. Fire was discovered on the first and second stories of the home and in the basement.
Of concern for firefighters' safety was the fact that the staircase from the basement to the first floor burned through while firefighters were attacking the blaze in the basement. Firefighters remain on scene working to extinguish fire on the first and second floors. No one was injured in this fire.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. There is no information on the cause or damage estimates at this time. The family who lives at the house (2 adults and 2 children) will be assisted with housing by the Red Cross.