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NEWS RELEASE 08/02/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to House Fire, Rescues 13 Animals

August 2, 2012

8:48 PM

At 6:57 pm Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a fire at 721 SE 139th ave. Truck 7 arrived minutes later to "heavy smoke" coming from several windows in the house. The Truck crew forced the doors to gain entry and found 13 animals in the house. One of the pets required treatment by Fire Medics. Fire crews worked simultaneously in extinguishing the fire and ventilating the residence and had the fire contained quickly.

Engine 31(Rockwood), Engine 30 (Gateway) and Engine 29 (Gilbert) pulled hose lines to protect the fire attack crews as well as the neighboring homes.

"We're just glad that we were only minutes away," said Lieutenant Neil Martin, a 17 year veteran, " the pets were very afraid by all of the commotion."

No one was home at the time of the fire and the cause is still under investigation.