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Four fires in one night keep firefighters busy

Three houses and one apartment building damaged by blazes

Portland firefighters had a busy night, fighting four fires between 11:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. in different parts of the city.

No one was injured in the three residential fires and one apartment fire. It was an unusual night for stations across the city, said Paul Corah, Portland Fire and Rescue spokesman.

'At one point, we had one fire under control in Northwest Portland at the exact minute another fire broke out in Northeast Portland,' Corah said.

Portland Fire and Rescue has 162 firefighters at 30 stations on duty 24 hours a day, Corah said, so the bureau is able to handle several fires at once.

The first call came in at 11:36 p.m. Wednesday, when a person reported seeing flames in a home at 7406 S.E. 114th Ave. Crews from Southeast Portland's Station 29 were at the house in four minutes and were able to bring the fire under control by 11:51 p.m.

All occupants were able to escape the home safely. Damage to the home is estimated at $4,000.

At 1:37 a.m. Thursday, fire crews from Downtown Portland's Station 1 were called to 333 N.W. Sixth Ave., where a fire was reported on the second floor of the Westwind Hotel Apartments.

Firefighters extended an aerial ladder to the apartment building's roof and discovered that the fire had not moved beyond the second floor.

The fire apparently broke out in a second-floor bathroom of one apartment and was brought under control at 1:52 a.m. Fire investigators have not released information on the fire's cause or an estimate of the damages.

At 1:52 a.m., firefighters were called to a home at 4820 N.E. 34th Ave., where a front porch was in flames. Crews from Northeast Portland's Station 14 discovered that the flames had spread to the attic and roof. The fire was brought under control at 2:50 a.m. and fire crews remained at the house to monitor for hot spots.

The house was not occupied at the time of the fire. Fire investigators have not yet released information about the fire's cause or a damage estimate.

At 3:58 a.m., 9-1-1 callers reported seeing flames coming through the roof of a home at 4034 S.E. 116th Ave. The house's occupants escaped unharmed and firefighters from Southeast Portland's Station 7 were able to knock down the fire and bring it under control at 4:14 a.m.

There also is no damage estimate or cause of the fire.