June 11, 2014 00:05
Firefighters were dispatched to a house fire (4157 SW Brittany Dr)in Gresham at 10:23 am. Initial reports indicated that there was a disabled resident that needed assistance exiting the residence. Engine 11 arrived and rescued the resident, while simultaneously attacking the fire. All other occupants escaped unharmed.
Damaged is estimated at $40,000, and the cause is believed to be a cigarette that was left on a mattress in a room. According to the Oregon State Fire Marshal:
- One out of ten fires on Oregon Home properties is started by cigarettes.
- Cigarettes are the #1 cause of home fire deaths in Oregon. Forty six percent of fatal fire victims died in fires started by cigarettes.
- One out of every six home fire injuries in Oregon were sustained in fires started by cigarettes.