April 27, 2014 14:10
Update: The other two cats were found deceased in a back bedroom. Red Cross has been called out to assist with housing.
Firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire (2340 s.e. 113th av.) at 8:30 this morning. They arrived to smoke and flames coming from the front of the home. The occupants were out front, one of whom was treated for smoke inhalation but was not transported. Firefighters were alerted that the family pets (3 cats) were still unaccounted for. Crews simultaneously fought the fire and searched the structure. One cat was found early on and firefighters used a special pet resuscitator in a vain attempt to revive it. These resuscitators are carried on the responding Chief's vehicles.
Members from the Trauma Intervention Program (T.I.P.) were called out to assist the family. T.I.P. is a nonprofit group of specially trained citizen volunteers who provide immediate emotional and practical support to victims, survivors, family, and bystanders following a traumatic event. TIP partners with local police and fire agencies and provides 24-hour service to over one million citizens in the Portland/Vancouver Greater Metro areas. TIP has collaborated with PF&R for almost 20 years.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire crews are still on scene. Photos courtesy of Dick Harris (PF&R).