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55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204
Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) firefighters responded to a house fire on SE Taylor Street at just a little after 4:00 am on December 8, 2009. They arrived to find a large older home with fire racing through the inside and coming from the windows in the back. Firefighters learned from neighbors that the house was supposed to be vacant but that there was a lot of transient activity in the recent days. Conditions inside the house were not survivable when firefighters arrived and, because of the instability of the house, no firefighters were allowed to enter. Firefighters battled the fire, the freezing temperatures, and downed power lines in their efforts to control the fire and keep it from spreading to other houses.
Fire investigators were on scene. Due to the structural damage and instability of the house, the fire investigators will further evaluate the house in the daylight.
PF&R response included:
82nd Avenue was closed for about three hours due to water supply hoses crossing the road. Once firefighters had picked up the hoses, the Oregon Department of Transportation was called to spray deicer and spread gravel on the water that had frozen on the road surface. It appears that 82nd Avenue will be open for traffic, both directions, at about 7:00 am.
December 8, 2009