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Foster-Powell house fire seriously burns resident

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Firefighters evaluate the fires progress, as smoke pours from the eves of the house at 4535 S.E. 66th Avenue. One person received burn injuries, and a home was seriously damaged, in a late morning Foster-Powell neighborhood house fire on Sunday, October 20.

A neighbor across the street watched firefighters carry out charred debris. “It’s a young family, and I think they were moving – they were taking stuff in and out of the house,” he commented.

“I was working in my shop, when I looked out and said a lot of smoke and fire coming from the house,” the neighbor said. “I called 9-1-1, and went back into the shop to bring out a large fire extinguisher and first aid kit. By the time I got back out, the fire trucks were already here.”

It looked as if, the witness said, one man “had burns to his face and hands.”

The alarm came in at 11:56 am, and the first fire rigs rolled up to the address, 4535 S.E. 66th Avenue just three minutes later.

“Heavy black smoke and fire awaited firefighters from Woodstock’s Fire Station 25,” reported PF&R spokesperson Gabriel Watson.

The fire began in the kitchen and extended to the attic of the home, Watson said. “Interior firefighters were able extinguish the fire, evaluate for extension of the fire, and conduct search operations to ensure evacuation of all residents.”

Cause, determination, and damage estimates are pending from Fire Inspectors. “The fire victim, an adult male, has been transported to Emanuel hospital with serious burns,” Watson confirmed. “All residents evacuated before firefighters arrived. Four people were displaced by this fire.”