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55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204
Updated with Fire Cause & Damage Estimates
March 11, 2012
Investigators discovered that the room of fire origin was an enclosed patio that had been converted into additional living space in the home. Investigators learned that the wood stove in this converted room had been installed approximately three years prior.
Investigators believe the fire originated at ceiling level where the stove's chimney connected to the ceiling and roof.
While not a contributing factor of the fire, investigators discovered several propane tanks inside that were used to fuel a propane heater. The wood stove and propane heater were being used as the primary heat sources for the home.
No smoke alarms were found in the home.
Building value- $105,000
Loss to building-$50,000
March 10, 2012
Southeast Portland fire stations responded to a residential structure fire early this afternoon. Crews from Portland Fire Station 25 (Woodstock) arrived on scene in under two minutes.
Arriving crews were contacted by a next door neighbor who was certain that the home's resident was trapped inside. Operations to both rescue the man, and extinguish the fire, were initated simultaneously. Firefighters from Truck 25 encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions after forcing entry into the front door of the small one story home. Fire Lieutenant Rian Minto, an eleven-year veteran with Portland Fire and Rescue, discovered the patient unconscious in the bathroom at the rear of the structure--less than four minutes after arriving on scene.
The patient was immediately removed from the residence and transferred to an awaiting ambulance. Fire Lieutenant Brad Cullison, cross trained as a Paramedic, assisted ambulance crews with patient care during the transport to Emanuel Hospital. The man, identified only as a male in his mid 50's, is being treated for life threatening injuries.
The home suffered extensive smoke and fire damage; investigators are on scene investigating the cause of the fire.