Just before 1:00 am, firefighters responded to reports of heavy smoke in the basement of a house on SE 87th. On arrival, firefighters made their way through the smoke to find fire extending up a wall and along floor joists. The residents were safely out of the structure and the fire was quickly extinguished but not before doing an estimated $60,000 in damage. The cause of this fire was determined to be a chimney system in need of cleaning and maintenance. Chimneys should be cleaned and inspected annually at the least. "Chimney Cleaning Logs" are no substitute for cleaning and inspection by a professional. Firefighters noted that smoke detectors in good working order helped this young couple to escape safely.
143rd and SE Powell:
At approximately 4:00 am, firefighters responded to a residential fire at 143rd and SE Powell that began on the exterior of a vacant house. When firefighters arrived, they found fire in the basement, on the first floor, and in the finished attic. The fire moved in the concealed spaces between walls making it difficult to control. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring houses. Extinguishing this fire necessitated the closing of 143rd just South of Powell and several blocks of Powell itself. Firefighters from Gresham Fire Department assisted Portland Fire & Rescue with this fire. The investigation of this fire continues and no cause is available yet.
December 11, 2009