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Fire damages vacant SW Portland house


A fire damaged a vacant house in Southwest Portland early Sunday morning. The cause is still under investigation.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, at 5:54 a.m. on April 21, firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire at 9306 S.W. 30th Avenue. The fire had been spotted by a passerby on the freeway, who said that the house had smoke coming from beneath the eaves and appeared to be vacant.

Engine 18 from the Multnomah Village station was the first unit to arrive and confirmed that there was a fire at the residence, which appeared to be vacant. The crew discovered the fire was in the basement and had weakened the floor near the front entrance. Because of this, firefighters entered through a side door to reach the basement and extinguish the fire.

Firefighers also searched the house and confirmed that it was vacant. The fire was declared under control at 6:26 a.m. There were no injuries reported at this fire.

Battalion Chief Scott Beyers praised the firefighters for realizing the fire was in the basement and had weakened the front entry. This is of particular concern to firefighters because a fire in the basement can weaken the floor and cause the floor to collapse.