PF&R Responds to Fatal Early Morning House Fire in NE Portland

Portland Fire and Rescue
Portland Fire and Rescue

April 13, 2022 12:45


Portland Fire and Rescue crews responded to a house fire at approximately 3:30 this morning in the 4700 block of NE 57th Ave., in the Cully neighborhood, with reports of one occupant still inside.  Before firefighters arrived, two individuals on their way to work accessed the home and attempted to rescue residents inside. 

Upon their arrival, PF&R crews found one seriously injured occupant outside and a crew was assigned to provide medical treatment to this victim.  The first victim, an adult female, was transported by AMR ambulance to an area hospital and is in critical condition. 

Fire attack crews faced heavy fire showing from the front door and immediately made an aggressive interior push to locate the other victim and to suppress the fire.  Their search was hampered by hoarder-like conditions which also added fuel to the rapidly growing fire.  The fire attack crew inside reported failure of an interior wall almost simultaneously as a crew assessing the back of the structure discovered heavy fire from the rear and side of the home.  These issues forced firefighters to transition out of the house to attack the fire from the exterior.  

After suppressing a large amount of fire at the exterior of the house, crews again made access inside to search for the other victim and to extinguish the remainder of the fire.  During this search, the second victim an adult male, David S. Johnson, age 59, was located but tragically determined to be deceased.  A dog was also found, yet deceased.  PF&R’s Fire Investigations Unit is currently on scene performing an investigation; the cause is unknown at this time.  

Please note Multnomah County has a resource list for help to individuals struggling with hoarding: Hoarding Resource List | Multnomah County (

Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.