PF&R Responds to a 2nd Alarm Apartment Fire (2600 block SE Division) (Photo)

Portland Fire and Rescue
Portland Fire and Rescue

July 18, 2022 18:55


This afternoon just before 2:00 PM firefighters were called to an apartment on fire in SE Portland. When the firefighters arrived they noted heavy fire from the first and second floor of the apartment building, the fire eventually extended into the attic before it could be fully extinguished. This was a complex fire due to down power lines, the need to evacuate residents and the heavy volume of fire. 

The incident commander immediately called for a second alarm on arrival to ensure that she had adequate resources available. The fire was extinguished within 45 minutes and no injuries were reported. One cat was rescued and reunited with its owner. It appears that 3-4 apartments will not be able to be lived in and the occupants will be assisted by the Red Cross or family members. 

This fire started when the flame from a candle made contact with hanging clothing. Your Portland Firefighters ask for extra care when using candles and that you consider battery powered flameless options.

This was actually the second fire of the day where cat's were saved, at 12:40 PM fire crews responded to the  SE Lambert for a pile of clothing on fire in a laundry room. The fire was quickly extinguished, but not before firefighters rescued 6 cats. The incident commander said cats were running everywhere as firefighters worked to locate and bring them to safety. This fire was caught and extinguished early and the occupants will be able to safely stay in their home. No injuries were reported.