Portland Fire & Rescue respond to three fires in the span of 30 minutes.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to two homes on fire in SE Portland in the Brentwo..."> Portland Fire & Rescue respond to three fires in the span of 30 minutes.

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PF&R Responds to three fires in the span of 30 minutes (Photo)

November 27, 2023 23:00

  

Portland Fire & Rescue respond to three fires in the span of 30 minutes.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to two homes on fire in SE Portland in the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood with a second alarm fire assignment. With at one point 4 separate structures on fire, crews were assigned with the top priority in mind to address the situation at hand. Within 10 minutes the bulk of the fire in each home had been extinguished allowing crews to focus on each detached garage units. Within 20 minutes all fire was controlled with crews addressing small spot fires in each structure. A steady wind pushed the fire from one structure to the next. There were no reported injuries. There will be a total of five adults displaced, two from one and three from the neighboring address. This fire is currently under investigation. As crews were working on this second alarm scene, two additional fire responses were requested within the city with at one point placing nearly ½ of the on-duty members working at or responding to a fire.

At just after 8:30 PM PF&R was dispatched to a possible residential fire at an address near the intersection of SE 66th Avenue and SE Duke. The exact address was unknown, and the caller was uncertain if the fire was the detached garage at this location or if the garage and house were on fire. The first engine arrived to find two single story homes on fire. One of the houses had significant fire activity with fire showing on the two sides of the structure. The second home had a reduced amount of active fire in the front with most fire present on the backside of the structure. The command officer directed arriving crews to perform an offensive fire attack on each home with back up protection lines to follow. The first arriving truck was directed to search the primary structure with reports of an elderly female possibly still inside. Quick radio reports indicated heavy fire in what was called the primary fire home along with the detached garage. At this point, recognizing 3 different structures on fire and no completed search of either home a second alarm fire assignment was requested. This adds 4 engines and 2 trucks along with 2 chiefs putting over 50 firefighters on scene. 

With the fire now having extended to the detached garage on what was called the “delta exposure home”, crews were assigned as they arrived at the most pressing task at the moment. Crews were directed to take hose lines interior and cool flames from the inside along with conducting searches, using saws to cut holes in the roof to allow for the escape of the smoke and flames. The homes were the initial primary focus of the command officer. Following the fire suppression in the home, available crews were directed to focus their efforts on extinguishing any fire within the garage units. The safety chief acted as command on the delta exposure home and reported to the command officer of the primary home the conditions and needs for the exposure home. Shortly before the 10-minute timer most of the fire had been extinguished in the homes and crews were transitioning to the garage units. Searches of each structure had reported each home clear of any occupants.

At this time another potential residential fire was dispatched by Portland BOEC in the Powelhurst Gilbert Neighborhood. This directed the command officer to redirect all unassigned responders to the possible fire. Three of the engines that were in base, a truck, and a heavy squad directed themselves to this possible fire. The first arriving engine from Gresham Fire operating on the border of Portland and Gresham quickly reported a small external fire that would not need anything more than a single engine and cleared the other responders. Prior to the arrival of any responder on this incident, a third fire was dispatched out for a possible fire in a residential care facility in the Eliot Neighborhood. The first arriving station noted a very small fire problem and cleared all other responders. With a second alarm assignment and two separate single alarm fires, there were over 80 Portland Fire & Rescue members working or responding to fire incidents within the city.

As the other fires were being addressed, the second alarm multiple structure fire on SE 66th Ave. was winding down. Just after the 20-minute timer all major fire had been extinguished with crews focusing on hot spots. There were no reported injuries to any occupant or firefighter. The fire is currently under investigation with the fire investigator interviewing people at the scene and combing through the fire debris. 

Portland Fire would like to thank Portland BOEC for their help in all three of these events. We would also like to acknowledge the assistance of Clackamas County Fire District on the second alarm fires, members of Gresham Fire and Emergency Services on the second fire that was dispatched this evening. Lastly, we would like to thank the power company for their help in this house fire. 

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