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NEWS RELEASE 09/17/12: Portland Fire & Rescue responds to an evening residential fire in SE Portland.


Portland Fire & Rescue responds to an evening residential fire in SE Portland.

At 5:52 PM, Portland Fire was dispatched to a residential fire at 3316 SE 131st Ave.  Initial reports were that smoke and fire were visible, coming from the roof.  Truck 7 and Engine 7 (Mill Park) were among the first units to arrive and confirmed that heavy brown smoke was coming out under pressure from the eaves and on the second floor.

Once it was verified that the tenants had all made it out safely, the engine crew advanced a hose line into the home, but reported difficulty accessing the 2nd floor because the stairwell was only approximately 20 inches wide.  The truck crew cut ventilation holes in the roof, allowing the smoke to exit, which also gave the engine crew access to the fire location.

There were no injuries as a result of this fire.  The Red Cross will be assisting the 7 residents and their pets with housing.  

At the time of this release, Investigators were at the scene.  The cause is under investigation and there is no damage estimate at this time.  

Fire response consisted of:
4 Engines
1 Truck
2 Chiefs
1 Rehab Unit
1 Investigator

Portland Fire & Rescue recognizes the invaluable service that the Oregon Red Cross provides the community during emergencies and disasters.  Red Cross disaster services focus on meeting people's immediate emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to address basic human needs.

Pictures by Fire photographer, Dick Harris

Contact:  Lt. Joseph Troncoso, PIO

Media Pager:  503-940-6003