******** updated with damage estimate************
damage estimate is $30,000 to the home and $30,000 to its contents
Firefighters were dispatched to a house fire (1530 SW Skyline Blvd.) at 7:48 AM this morning. Portland Fire Station 16 arrived to a "fully engulfed" garage fire. Engines 4 and 15, along with Truck 3 were on the initial dispatch. Firefighters were able to contain and extinguish the fire, and verify that everyone was out of the house. The cause of the fire was an overheated electrical device and a damage estimate is forthcoming. No one was injured during the incident.
The following tips can help prevent garage fires and their spread:
*If the garage allows access to the attic, make sure a hatch covers this access.
*The floor should be clear of clutter. Loose papers, matches, oily rags, and other potentially flammable items are extremely dangerous if they are strewn about the garage floor.
*Use light bulbs with the proper wattage, and do not overload electrical outlets.
*Tape down all cords and wires so they are not twisted or accidentally yanked.
Contact info, for media use only:
Portland Fire & Rescue P.I.O.
media pager (503) 940 6003
55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204