NEWS RELEASE 11/25/10: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Residential Fire in SE Portland
Nov 25, 2010 at 1:29 PM 1 Comment
November 25, 2010
Portland Fire & Rescue responded to residential fire this morning at the 4921 SE 79th Ave. Initial reports from multiple callers described a large amounts of dark and flame from the back of the residence. Callers reported that smoke was visible from several blocks away.
The first arriving crews encountered a detached garage with significant fire involvement on the exterior of the structure. Hose lines were advanced and the fire was quickly knocked down. The homeowner has stated that the fire was started by a heat lamp inside a chicken coop that was attached to the back of the garage. No one was injured in this fire. Damage is estimated at $35,000 and an official cause is currently being determined by PF&R investigators.
Portland Fire and Rescue recommends using extreme caution when using heat lamp equipment in conditions that might place them near flammable materials. An ordinary 100 watt light bulb runs at approximately 200 degrees, while a heat lamp bulb can be greater than 500 degrees. Wood will ignite at at approximately 575 degrees, leaving very little margin for safe operation.
First Arriving Crew 09:50
Fire Controlled 10:05
*photos courtesy of Dick Harris and Greg Muhr
Portland Fire & Rescue
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November 25, 2010
November 26, 2010 at 12:19 AM
Miraculously, all of the chickens survived with only singed feathers. Our kitty, VooDoo, was sleeping in the rafters of the garage and passed away. Thank you to all of the alert neighbors that acted quickly. We have a lot to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving.
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