Posted: January 31st, 2010 3:47 PM
Portland Fire & Rescue were dispatched this morning at 0835 to a fire at 4912 SE Division, The Modern Hippie. Engine 9 arrived on scene at 0837 to see smoke coming from the front door and fire coming out of a second story window 18 inches away from the business next door. Firefighters were also told that the occupant who lives upstairs had not gotten out of the structure. The Incident Commander called for a 2nd Alarm at 0839 due to the need for extra fire crews. The 1st Alarm fire crews immediately began attacking the fire on the interior of the building, defending the business next door and began searching for the missing occupant on the second floor. Fire crews were able to establish that the occupant had gotten out safely and contain the fire to the building of origin. The fire was under control at 0902 with the use of only the 1st Alarm companies. The 2nd Alarm companies were released from staging, 2 blocks away.
The value of the structure is set at $160,000 with a loss of $130,000. There was a loss of $50,000 worth of contents. The fire extensively damaged the building and the roof had to be removed.
The Red Cross is housing the occupant for the night.
The fire cause is still under investigation by Fire Investigators.
No injuries occurred.
2nd Alarm: 0839
Under control: 0902
Portland Fire & Rescue dispatched 8 Engines, 4 Trucks, 1 Heavy Rescue, 5 Chiefs, 1 Rehab Vehicle, 3 Investigators, and 1 PIO to the scene, for a total of 62 firefighters.
55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204