January 10, 2018 14:25
Firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire (2404 SE 89th Ave.) at 5:19 AM. They arrived to fire coming from the front of the house, and from the garage. Crews quickly made entry to verify that all residents were out of the structure. A portion of the home collapsed minutes later, injuring two firefighters. Both were treated and transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Firefighters also had to work around downed power lines, which can be deadly upon impact. No one was home at the time of the fire and a fire investigator is on scene to determine a cause and damage assessment.
Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind all that:
In the U.S., someone dies in a house fire every three hours. (United States Fire Administration [USFA])
- If there is a fire, get out and stay out. Never go back into a burning home.
- Children make up 15% to 20% of all fire deaths (USFA). Teach children never to hide if there's a fire, but to get out and stay out.
There are three important things you can do to reduce your risk of injury from a home fire:
1. Make sure your home has properly installed and working smoke alarms.
2. Plan and practice a fire escape plan.
3. In case of a fire, get out and stay out. Going back into a burning home can be deadly.
UPDATE 1/10/18: Investigators are still working to determine the cause of this fire. They have completed the scene investigation but are still conducting follow-up interviews of occupants and witnesses.
The two firefighters who were injured in this incident were kept overnight for observation at an area hospital. They have since been release and are recovering at home. This event was a sentinel event and as such, the entire incident is under investigation so that we may learn about this event and work to keep firefighters safer in the future. The two firefighters involved will not be available for media interviews until the completion of the investigation in order to preserve the integrity of this process. At this time, the investigation is expected to take several more weeks.