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The City of Portland, Oregon

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Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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NEWS RELEASE 7/5/13: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Fireworks Related Residential Fire in Sellwood Neighborhood

Portland Fire & Rescue responding to residential fire in area of SE Glenwood and Milwaukie. This fire is reported to have started as a grass fire that extended to a home.


Fire crews were originally dispatched to report of bushes on fire at 10:50pm. The fire extended from the bushes into an occupied duplex. When crews arrived they found fire had extended to the attic portion of the duplex. A live power line downed by the fire created a hazard for arriving crews as they attempted to enter the structure. The cause of this fire has been determined to be illegal fireworks. Witnesses said they saw an individual light a "mortar" round and throw it on the ground near the bushes. All occupants and pets were evacuated safely.
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Lt. Rich Chatman PIO, Media Pgr. 503-940-6003