Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire on NE 92nd this afternoon. The initial call came in at about 1 pm, saying that the house was full of dark smoke. The first crew arrived less than three minutes later.
Initially, firefighters were told that everyone was out of the house except, perhaps, a cat. Several minutes later, it was reported that someone might still be in the basement, where the fire initially started. Searching the house for a possible victim became the primary focus of the firefighters’ efforts.
Once it was determined that no one was inside, firefighters returned to suppression. The safety officer reported that the staircase between the daylight basement and the first floor was burned through and unsafe for use. The incident commander stationed a person at the top of the staircase to make sure that no one fell through.
The alarm was recalled just after 1:30. A “recall” means that the commanding officer doesn’t anticipate needing more resources.
Four engines, two trucks, and a rehab unit were called to the fire. An investigator is on scene. Four people were treated for smoke inhalation on scene.
Portland Fire & Rescue reminds you to make sure your home has properly installed and working smoke alarms. Plan and practice a fire escape plan. In the case of a fire, get out and stay out. Going back into a burning home can be deadly.