Two firefighters injured in one of two SE Portland fires
Two firefighters were hurt battling one of two house fires in Southeast Portland on Saturday.
Portland Fire & Rescue says the firefighters were inside the buring house searching for occupants when it partly collapsed. Their injures are described as minor. They were not immediately identified.
An occupant suffered smoke inhalation injurties at the second fire.
According to PF&R, crews were dispatched the fire which injured the firefighters at 5:19 p.m. on Jan. 6 at 2404 S.E. 89th Ave.
When they arrived, the crews found fire coming from the front of the house and from the garage. Firefighters quickly entered the house to make sure that all residents were out. A portion of it collapsed minutes later, injuring two of them. Both were treated and transported to the hospital.
A second alarm was quickly called in to bring additional crews and equipment. PF&R spokesperson Ron Rouse says a second alarm is "always called when a firefighter is injured to get extra resources at the scene."
Firefighters also had to work around downed power lines, which can be deadly upon impact. No one was home at the time of the fire and a fire investigator is on scene to determine a cause and damage assessment.
"It doesn't take much to have somebody get hurt in a situation where they are going inside of a building, you just never know what could happen," says neighbor Guy Peyton. "You have respect for those guys, to do what they are supposed to do and that's their job and to step into a situation that could be potentially dangerous at a level they are not even aware of is big."
No one was at home at the time of the incident and a cause has not yet been determined.
A little more than two hours earlier, at 3:09 p.m., PF&R responded to an apartment fire located at 1323 S.E. 26th Avenue.
First-arriving crews found a two story daylight apartment building with the lower level of one unit involved in fire. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and completed a search for potential occupants. The search was all clear.
The fire cause was determined to be a candle knocked over from a nightstand onto the bedding during housekeeping activities. The occupant attempted to fight the fire upon discovery and suffered non-life threatening smoke inhalation injuries. She was transported to a hospital.