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Firefighters were dispatched to chimney fire at 3:48 this afternoon (2323 SE 137Th ave). By the time they arrived the fire had spread into the attic. Station 7 (Mill Park) quickly verified that all occupants were accounted for and sent crews inside to contain the fire. Truck 7 also went to the roof to help ventilate the home. Engine 29 (Gilbert),Engine 31 (Rockwood), and Engine 11 (Lents) also responded.
The fire was contained to the attic and was quickly extinguished by firefighters. No one was injured during this incident and a damage estimate is forthcoming.
Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind all that your chimney should be cleaned at least once a year. It take only a small accumulation of creosote glazing to create the potential for a chimney fire. Different types of wood create different amounts of creosote when burned. Pine causes a rapid build-up of creosote and should be avoided as a regular source of wood. Creosote can also reduce the draw of the fireplace and reduce efficiency.
Photos courtesy of Dick Harris (PF&R)