Early morning blaze displaces 11
Firefighters are crediting a West Linn police officer for rushing a cat suffering from smoke inhalation to a local pet hospital.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Ian Yocum said the fire was reported to emergency dispatchers at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 1900 block of Ostman Road.
When first responders arrived, they found heavy fire coming from one of three duplexes in the area.
A second alarm was called, bringing the total number of firefighters working on the scene including crews from the Lake Oswego Fire Department and Clackamas Fire District to nearly 50, though Yocum said the reinforcements werent all used.
Firefighters said everyone was able to safely evacuate, and there were no injuries to any humans.
Yocum said a cat was rescued and firefighters used a special breathing apparatus to get the feline breathing again. It is expected to survive, officials said. A second cat was also taken from one of the duplexes and is also expected to be OK.
In all, four units suffered damage. Yocum said two units were burned out and everything inside was destroyed, while two others sustained minor damage. Damages have not been estimated.
An unattended cooking pot with hot oil inside started the fire, according to Yocum. Natural gas fed the fire, officials said, further heightening the danger for the crews battling the flames.
The American Red Cross is helping a total of eight adults and three children.
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