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Crews battle three fire in six hours

by: PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE - This Southwest Portland house was heavily damaged by fire on Thursday.Portland firefighters fought three fires in six hours that spread over two days on Thursday and Friday.

No one was injured in any of the fires.

A Southwest Portland house was heavily damaged by the first fire, which proved challenging early Thursday evening.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, crews were dispatched to a house fire at SW 59th and Garden Home at 6:40 on June 19. The original 911 callers said that a deck was on fire and that it was spreading to a home.

When Engine 18 arrived, firefighters found a single family residence with smoke and fire coming from the rear of the home. Incident commanders had to navigate crews through several difficulties, including limited access to the property caused by it "flag lot" location off of a narrow road, large trees and shrubbery in close proximity to the house with potential to spread to neighboring homes, and extreme clutter or "hoarding" like conditions which create several hazards for responding firefighters.

Firefighters were able to control the fire, preventing it spread to other trees or structures. The residents of the house were not there at the time of the fire. One dog was rescued but pronounced dead at the scene.

Damage to the home was extensive. Fire investigators were sent to the scene but the cause of the fire was not immediately reported.

At about the same time, crews were dispatched to another fire at Southeast 120th and Grant. They discovered that a stove fire had extended to kitchen cabinets. Firefighters were able to prevent any further spread to the home, but the simultaneous responses created difficulties with positioning the remaining resources in the city to respond to other medical and fire emergencies.

Then, at 12:15 a.m. Friday, firefighters were dispatched to a commercial fire at 12503 S.E. Division where an employee at a business on the property called to say that a room was on fire. When crews arrived, they found dark smoke pouring from the front door of one of the units. The fire was extinguished before extending to other businesses.

According to Battalion Chief Chris Babcock, "This fire was close to a second alarm, but crews were able to get in early and get a quick knock down on the fire."

One of the neighboring businesses is "Kitty Condos," a cat boarding facility. The owner came to the scene and found that all of her clients were healthy and accounted for.

Fire investigators responded to the scene but were not able to immediately determine the cause of the fire.