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NEWS RELEASE 05/29/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Residential Structure Fire; Three Occupants Escape

May 29, 2012

6:56 AM

Portland Fire & Rescue responded early this morning to a residential structure fire in a large two-story home at 5859 SE Harney Drive. Initial reports to fire dispatch indicated that one or more individuals could be trapped inside of the home; first arriving crews were informed that all occupants safely evacuated prior to their arrival.

Engine Company 25, and Truck Co. 25 (Woodstock), arrived first on scene and reported fire from the second story; firefighters entered the structure initiating a primary search to confirm the absence of trapped individuals--crews also entered with hose lines, heading to the second story where they attacked the fire seated in a bedroom. A Chief Officer arrived shortly thereafter and assumed command.

With reports that individuals could be trapped, an engine company and ambulance were requested as additional resources to supplement the first alarm assignment. Ambulance paramedics evaluated three individuals--the additional engine company was returned into service once primary and secondary searches confirmed that no residents were trapped. One engine company from Clackamas County Fire District No. 1 assisted Portland Fire & Rescue on this fire.

With the fire knocked down, crews from Station 25 and Station 11(Lents) worked to determine if the fire extended beyond the room of origin; overhaul--the process of removing burnt materials and extinguishing any fire extension--was performed concurrently.

A fire Investigator is on scene; at the time of this release the cause of the fire is still under investigation and no damage estimate is available.

One resident, who discovered the fire, alerted housemates, and assisted in their evacuation, was treated on scene for minor burns and declined transport. Another resident, who uses a wheelchair, escaped without injury. Volunteers from the American Red Cross were requested to assist those displaced with arrangements. No names are available at this time.

This press release will be updated as further information becomes available.