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NEWS RELEASE 07/23/10: Portland Fire Treats Fourth Burn Patient in Three Days




July 23, 2010

2:38 PM


Portland Fire & Rescue has now treated four patients for cooking-related burns in the last three days.


A cause has been determined by Portland Fire Investigators for a fire that happened earlier today at 4617 NE 95th Avenue. vestigators report that a grease fire on the stove caused the fire, resulting in three occupants who needed treatment at the scene for smoke inhalation.  One of the patients, a female, was transported to Emanuel Burn Center with severe burns. A photo of the scene is attached.


On Wednesday, Portland Fire treated three burn patients in two separate incidents.  One incident resulted in a female being transported to Emanuel Burn Center with severe burns that occurred from a barbecue fire.  The fire started when a cap fell off a bottle of lighter fluid and squirted a large amount onto the fire.


Later that day, Portland Fire responded to reports of a grease fire on a stove.  Two occupants were injured when they moved a pan that spilled flaming vegetable oil.  This resulted in two patients being transported to Emanuel Burn Center with severe burns.



A Public Information Officer will be at Portland Fire Station 5, located at 1505 SW DeWitt in Portland, Oregon from 4:00 to 4:30 pm today to meet with reporters for a cooking safety demonstration involving live fire and fire suppression techniques.


Portland Fire reminds citizens to exercise caution when cooking and if a cooking fire does happen.  Make sure to:

  • Cover the pan and turn the stove off
  • Only use baking soda or an approved extinguisher on the fire (no flour or water)
  • Do not move a pan until cooled completely
  • If a fire extends, or you are unable to immediately extinguish it, evacuate all occupants and call 9-1-1 immediately



  Portland Fire & Rescue We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  July 23, 2010


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