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NEWS RELEASE 10/03/11: Neighbor Helps Battle House Fire in SE Portland

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October 3, 2011

12:21 AM


Video courtesy of NewsChannel 8

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Portland Fire and Rescue responded to a house fire tonight at 10225 SE Boise Street and arrived to find flames coming out of the front living room windows. The firefighters were dispatched at 10:55 pm and arrived four minutes later at 10:59 pm.  The firefighters also found two women, with a neighbor's garden hose and fire extinguisher, battling the blaze from the front yard of the one story home.  Firefighters stated that these two women had kept the fire contained to the living room, which reduced the amount of damage to the home.  Firefighters quickly entered the house and extinguished the fire.  The fire was under control at 11:06 pm.

Two citizens were injured. One male resident was injured due to smoke inhalation and transported to Portland Adventist Hospital. The female neighbor who had helped battle the fire also was injured. She took herself to the hospital with a minor injury.

The cause of the fire has been determined accidental. A lamp was accidentally knocked over and the lamp ignited the curtains in the living room.

The three residents will be displaced tonight and are staying with friends. The value and loss to the home is still being determined.

Portland Fire and Rescue encourages all citizens to keep a fire extinguisher easily accessible within their homes.  This Oregon State Fire Marshal's website helps you perform a "Quick Check" of your extinguishers:

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PF&R Incident Statistics: September 25 - October 1, 2011

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Incident Statistics:

(September 25 - October 1, 2011)

Total Incidents: 1,324

Medical: 1,044

Fire: 64

Other: 216

Major Incidents: 4 

  • 09/25/11 @ 1020 hrs, Commercial Fire, 1700 block of SW Skyline Blvd. Loss: $160,500 Cause: Cigarette caught vegetation on fire that spread to nearby structure 
  • 09/26/11 @ 1927 hrs, Trauma Pin-In, 2400 block of NE Argyle St. One patient trapped between steel structural support & fork lift. Freed by co-workers, transported to area hospital by ambulance.
  • 09/27/11 @ 0815 hrs. Apartment Fire, 2200 block of NW Everett St. Loss: $25,000 Cause: Combustibles placed on incandescent lighting
  • 09/30/11 @ 1052 hrs, Commercial Fire, 700 block of SE Grand Av. Loss: $40,000 Cause: Cooking / Grill Fire

Year to Date Incident Statistics:

(January 2, 2011 - current)

Total Incidents: 52,447

Medical: 41,935

Fire: 2,435

Other: 10,067

Major Incidents: 136


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Race Results from 3rd Annual Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge

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On Sunday, September 25, 2011, firefighters from across the country participated in the 3rd Annual Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation.

Firefighters climbed the 40 floor, 800 step US Bancorp Tower in downtown Portland, Oregon outfitted in over 70 pounds each of full "combat gear."  The gear included a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) commonly used in the line of duty. In addition to the competitive ascent of the US Bancorp Tower, firefighters also competed to raise funds in the battle against CF.

Portland Firefighter Rob P. from Station 21 finishes strong

Last year, the event raised more than $75,000 that was donated to the Oregon Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis.

Firefighters contended for men's and women's titles in individual competition. Team titles were also awarded based on the combined time of the team's fastest racers. Results are below.

Congratulations to Portland Fire & Rescue Firefighters Stephenie and Christine who placed first and second in the female firefighters division!


  • Number of finishers: 249
  • Number of females: 27
  • Number of males: 222
  • Average time: 12:56

Top 5 Male Firefighters:

  1. Zack Schade (time of 6:01)
  2. Charlie Schmidt (time of 6:40)
  3. Tyler Dillmon (time of 6:58)
  4. Justin Foss (time of 7:10)
  5. Marc Anderson (time of 7:15) 

Top 5 Female Firefighters:

  1. Stephenie Bowen, Portland Fire & Rescue (time of 10:27)
  2. Christine Pezzulo, Portland Fire & Rescue (time of 10:49)
  3. Nikki Heitschmidt (time of 11:11)
  4. Megan McKee (time of 11:18)
  5. Jessica Gale (time of 11:53)

Additional race results can be viewed by clicking here. Congratulations to all participants!

More About the Portland Firefighter Stairclimb

Wes Loucks, a retired Portland Fire & Rescue Firefighter of 32 years, and his wife Belinda founded the Portland Firefighter Stairclimb when both of their young grandsons were born with CF. The Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge is sponsored by Leatherman, Portland Fire Fighters Association Local 43, and the International Association of Fire Fighters and attracts firefighters to Portland from as far away as Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.


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Firefighters Par-Tee at Annual Golf Tournament, Raise Funds to Benefit Portland Rose Festival Foundation & David Campbell Memorial

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PF&R Lieutenant Bob Scruggs, Firefighter Brian Harding, Firefighter Brett Collins, Lieutenant Jeff Scruggs

Early Friday morning, off-duty Portland firefighters hit the Heron Lakes Golf Course in North Portland for a day of fun, fresh air, and friendly competition! 

FPD&R Liaison Bob Lemon, Public Information Officer Paul Corah, Lieutenant Greg Holsinger, Lieutenant Dave Simpson

Teams played 18 holes to help raise awareness and funds for the Portland Rose Festival Foundation and the David Campbell Memorial Association in the annual "Heroism is Par for the Course" tournament.  The David Campbell Memorial Association honors Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty.

Lieutenant Ted Mayes, EMS Specialist Don Lewis, Senior Business Systems Analyst Leon Hart

8:30 am marked the shotgun start and activities included a hosted lunch and beverage stations.  Contests were held throughout the day including playing a hole in turnouts and a helmet and a hole in one contest with a $10,000 cash prize.

Portland Team members Battalion Chief Don Russ, Deputy Chief Duane Bray, Deputy Chief John Harding, and Lieutenant Mark Lyons (pictured above) won the golf tournament and received various prizes from local businesses.

Learn more about the Portland Rose Festival Foundation and the David Campbell Memorial Association by clicking on the links below:


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Product Recalls in September 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSA) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products. Click here to find information on product recalls and search recalled products on the CPSA’s Recall and Product Safety News webpage.


In September 2011, CPSA announced several product recalls due to fire hazards.  This included pourable gel fuel, lawn tractors, riding mowers, and dehumidifiers. Click here to view September 2011 recalls and product safety news.

Stay informed of recalled products by bookmarking or adding CPSA’s website to your favorites and check it often.  You can also sign up on CPSA’s subscription list to receive emails about recalled products. Visit to join.

Keep you and your family safe and educated!

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   October 3, 2011


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