Portland and Gresham firefighters battle two fires
Firefighters from Portland and Gresham joined forces to fight two fires in two days.
The first one happened around 3:45 p.m. on Friday, April 11, when crews from both cities were dispatched to a residential fire at 2066 N.E. 143rd Ave. According to Portland Fire & Rescue, they arrived to "smoke and flames coming from a second story window," which was located at the front of the home.
Within minutes of the crews arriving, the fire spread into the attic and to the back of the house. Firefighters had to attack the fire from the inside, while simultaneously knocking the fire down at the back of the house. They also had to cut several holes in the roof to allow the smoke to vent to the outside.
All occupants escaped the fire unharmed and there were no injuries. The cause and damage estimate were not immediately released.
Portland Fire & Rescue and the Gresham Fire Department also responded to a mobile home fire at 6:02 a.m. on Saturday, April 12. Crews arrived at 16745 S.E. Division to find a mobile home with heavy fire and smoke. Because of the close proximity of mobile homes, preventing spread to additional units was an initial priority.
According to PF&R, one female who was inside sleeping when the fire broke said that she was awakened by her cat and realized there was heavy smoke and heat inside the home. She and the cat were able to make it out without serious injury. The resident was evaluated by firefighters for smoke inhalation but was not transported to a hospital.
Once the fire was extinguished, fire investigators surveyed the scene, but did not immediately release the cause.
Damage to the home was significant. Red Cross volunteers were called to the scene to help find temporary shelter for two displaced residents.
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