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Two-alarm blaze threatens nearby homes early in the morning

EASTMORELAND FIRE


by: DICK HARRIS, PF&R - After the detached shed caught fire, homes on either side were threatened by the still-unexplained blaze.Two Eastmoreland households got a rude awakening early Thursday morning, May 2nd, at about 1 am.

A detached shed between two homes had caught fire at 7201 S.E. 34th Avenue, between Bybee Boulevard and S.E. Knapp Street.

The crew of Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Engine 20 rolled out of their Westmoreland Station, eastward across the Bybee Bridge, and was at the scene of the fire in minutes.

As they connected their water lines, they radioed to 9-1-1 that a detached outbuilding was fully involved with fire, and was extending to more than one home nearby, PF&R Public Information Officer Lt. Rich Chatman later said.

“The Battalion Chief arrived at 1:06 am, recognized the threat to nearby homes, and upgraded the fire response to a second alarm – which called additional truck engine companies to respond to the scene,” Chatman told THE BEE.

Woodstock Station 25 Truck crews arrived and cut holes in the shed’s roof to assist the efforts of crews inside attempting to extinguish the fire, and also helped put out spot fires.

“Fire crews were able to extinguish the fires before they spread to any additional homes,” Chatman said. “Both homes were occupied at the time this fire began, but were able to evacuate without injury.”

At this writing the cause of the fire was undetermined, but Chatman said investigators set the loss for the shed at $6,000. Quick action by firefighters prevented damage at the nearby homes.