Firefighters were dispatched to an apartment fire this evening (2545 SW Terwilliger Blvd.) at The Terwilliger Plaza Apartments... a continuing care retirement community, at 7:14 pm. Station 4 (Portland State) arrived first and quickly verified that all occupants were out of the unit. Additional stations responded to secure the lobby, ventilate the building, and help evacuate the building if needed. Fire crews put the fire out within minutes and no one was injured.
Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind all that cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S.
-Keep dishtowels, paper towels, pot holders, and combustible items away from stove burners.
-When cooking, stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on the stove.
-Don't wear loose sleeves over hot stove burners - they can melt, ignite, or catch on handles of pots and pans
-If a cooking fire starts, smother it with a pot lid. Never throw water on a grease fire, and do NOT try to pick up the pan.
Contact info, for media use only:
Ron Rouse, P.I.O.
Portland Fire & Rescue
Media Pager (503) 940 6003
55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204