This morning at 9:58 am Portland Fire & Rescue was called to a house at 5237 SE 104th Ave. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from the front door. Firefighters from Station 11 (Lents) entered the house and began fighting the fire. At this point Ladder Truck 7 (Mill Park) arrived. The firefighters on the truck began searching the home for trapped victims and ventilating the structure by cutting a hole in the roof to release trapped smoke and flammable fire gases.
All of the homes occupants had escaped safely and were at a neighbors house. The fire was quickly extinguished but the home will be uninhabitable. No one injuries were associated with this fire. A fire investigator was called to the scene and estimated damages at $40,000. This fires cause has not been released. Firefighters determined that many of the homes smoke alarms weren't operable.
Portland Fire & Rescue reminds residents to have working smoke alarms on every floor and in every sleeping area.
Contact info, for media use only:
Lt. Damon Simmons, Media Pager (503) 940-6003
55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204