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PF&R Responds to a House Fire (4322 SE 138th Place) - 12/13/19

Just before 5:30 PM tonight Portland Firefighters were called to a house on fire on the 4300 block of SE 138th Place. Arriving crews found the fire in a bedroom and quickly knocked it down. There were no injuries reported in association with this fire and a fire investigator is working to determine the fire's cause. The Red Cross has been called to help with shelter for three adults who were displaced by this fire. 

Portland Fire Responds to Two Separate Houses on Fire Within an Hour. - 12/13/19

Just before noon today PF&R firefighters were called to a house on the 2300 block of North Kilpatrick Street. While calls were coming in to dispatch, Portland Firefighter Maggie Blackwood happened by the scene and noted the homeowner trying to put out the fire with a garden hose. Maggie was off duty and on her way to the library. She helped to move the homeowner away, but not before he suffered injuries related to the fire.

Fire crews arrived and found heavy fire burning on the first floor and in the attic. They were able to extinguish the blaze, but the home suffered extensive damage and will be uninhabitable. The homeowner's injuries were relatively minor and he declined transport to the hospital. The homeowner will be staying with friends. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation.

The second fire was called in just after 1 PM. Fire crews responded to the 1500 Block of North Hayden Island Dr. When they arrived firefighters reported heavy fire throughout the single story residence. The fire was so intense that firefighters were initially forced to fight it from the outside initially. An adult male resident suffered injuries related to this fire. Once the fire was partially knocked down crews were able to move inside to extinguish the remainder of the blaze. The cause of this fire is still under investigation. The injured man was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

This residence will also be uninhabitable due to fire damage. A family of four (two adults and two children) have been displaced and they will be staying with relatives. While house fires are always awful, they can be especially hard on children during the holidays. The Red Cross will be helping the family with food and comfort items and Portland Fire Toy & Joy Makers will be working to replace the childrens presents. Neighbors have also offered assistance to the family. 

Portland Fire encourages our community to think about safety as the weather gets colder. 

1. When inside use safe approved sources of heat (no candles, outdoor heaters or stoves).

2. Avoid using generators indoors.

3. Ensure indoor heaters have tip-over protection and are kept well away from anything that can burn.

4. Make sure that fireplaces are monitored, vents are opened and that chimneys are kept clean.

5. Keep small children out of the kitchen and don't leave items cooking unattended.

 

Family of Three Injured While Escaping Early Morning Duplex Fire - 12/01/19

Just after 4am this morning (12/1/19) a fire broke out in a duplex at SE 136th Ave and Powell Blvd.  The first arriving crews found heavy fire and smoke from a duplex unit with fire threatening several other residences in close proximity.  Incident commanders called for a second alam assignment (this doubles the amount of firefighters, engines and trucks to the scene) due to the concern of fire spread to homes in close proximity.  The adult couple and their adult son were inside when the fire started but made it out and were in a neighbors home by the time fire crews arrived.  The adult couple were both experiencing minor smoke inhalation injuries and their adult son had significant burns on his body but all refused to be transported to the hospital. Fire investigators were sent to the scene and said that smoke alarms were a factor in the injuries but did not specify as to whether they were working or not.  They say the affected unit was a total loss and minor damage to the adjoining duplex unit and two homes in close proximity was approximatley a loss of $250,000.

The fire was under control within an hour but crews remained on scene for several hours perfoming clean up and salvage work to the affected homes.  No other injuries were reported.  Portland Fire & Rescue investigators have not deternined a direct cause at this time but are continuing to collect evidence and interview witnesses at the scene.

*** Safety Message***

PF&R would like to remind residents that working smoke alarms save lives.  Approximatley 60% of home fire fatalities didn't have a smoke alarm, or it was non functioning (Year:2012-2016, Source: NFPA).  Please be diligent about chekcing to make sure yours are working properly.

Ridgeview Ln
Ridgeview Ln
Fire Investigators Believe Early Morning SW Portland Fire Attributed To Electric Turkey Smoker Too Close To Home (Photo) - 11/28/19

At 5:20am a mail delivery person saw sparks and smoke coming from the roof of a home at 14000 block of SW Ridgeview Ln, called 911 and alerted the home owners by knocking on their door. When PF&R and Lake Oswego Fire Department crews arrived they found heavy amounts of fire and smoke from the rear of the home. All residents including two adults one child and three cats made it out safely with no injury. This was a large home and presented some difficulty for fire crews before they were able to completely call the fire under control just after 6:00am. 

A fire investigator from the PF&R Fire Investigations Unit was sent to the scene and determined that the home owner had placed an electric smoker with a Thanksgiving Turkey too close to the home. He estimates the overall damage at approximately $75,000. 

Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind residents to have a fun and safe Thanksgiving but please be safe: 

  • Make sure outdoor cooking devices are on a non-combustible surface and away from home siding, decking or overhead combustibles.
  • Always use proper cooking trays that account for the large amount of grease that comes from turkey cooking. 
  • Never leave your cooking device unattended
  • Never attempt to cook a frozen or semi-frozen turkey. This causes a hazard no matter what your cooking method is.  
  • Keep track of small children near your cooking area. 

Attached Media Files: Ridgeview Ln
aerial photo of 8/26 fire
aerial photo of 8/26 fire
Portland Fire Arson Investigation Unit Announce Arrest of Suspect in Multiple Arson Fires (Photo) - 11/26/19

Today, Portland Fire & Rescue along with Portland Police, announced the arrest of a suspect in multiple arson fires. Most notably, the suspect, Allen Singerhouse, 39, has been charged with setting a large and dangerous four-alarm grass fire in Northeast Portland on August 26, 2019. That fire burned two businesses, at least five townhomes, 47 parked cars and four acres of brush. It took a large and dangerous effort by multiple partner fire departments and city bureau partners (police, water, transportation, emergency management) to prevent a large loss of life, injury and further property damage.

Under a coordinated arrest warrant, police and fire personnel arrested Singerhouse at his house in Northeast Portland on Thursday; after he admitted to starting several fires around Portland, including three the night of August 26, 2019 and several others. Singerhouse was interviewed at his residence and he confessed to setting multiple fires in the Northeast Portland area. Singerhouse is charged with three counts of first-degree arson and is due back in court Dec. 3.

Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Sara Boone says of the work put into this investigation: “This entire operation required a massive amount of planning, technical expertise, and shared resources between PF&R’s Arson Investigation Unit, Portland Police, and many others. There are few moments in a person’s career where such an operation is so significant that the arrest of a suspect has a profound impact on the city at large.  The core of our mission is to protect life and property from the threat of fire. This prolific arsonist instilled fear throughout the public domain and threatened the welfare of communities across this city with a devastating economic impact. I am proud of the work of the Arson Investigation Unit in finding this suspect and protecting the city.”

After being briefed, Fire Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty had the following reaction: "I'm very grateful for the diligent efforts of the joint Portland Fire & Rescue and Portland Police Bureau’s Arson Investigations Unit. Our community can rest a little easier thanks to the work of our public safety officials."

Investigators believe Singerhouse is responsible for more fires in the NE and SE Portland areas (particularly the area near SE 101st and SE Foster Rd). The investigation of these fires linked to Singerhouse are ongoing. Two heat maps (see attachment) have been included to display areas of concern. If anyone has information regarding Singerhouse and his involvement with fires in the Portland area (especially areas shown on the included maps), please call the Fire Investigation Hotline at 503-823-INFO (503-823-4636).

The following list contains the fires Mr Singerhouse is currently being charged with prior to today’s grand jury indictment: 

08/26/19 – NE Siskyou / NE 82nd Ave (19-293611) 4th Alarm Fire – Charge: Arson I (BM 11) ORS 164.325 one count for now

09/01/19 – 11703 NE Glenn Widing (19-804195) dumpster fire – Charge: Arson II ORS 164.315  

09/01/19 – 11719 NE Glenn Widing (19-300931) dumpster fire – Charge: Arson II ORS 164.315

 

PF&R Press Conference Tomorrrow November 26 - 11/25/19

Joint PF&R and PPB press conference -Arson Arrest

Tuesday November 26, 2019 @8am

Portland Fire Station 1

55 SW Ash St

1st floor Skidmore Room

 

Media is invited to an 8 am press conference at Portland Fire & Rescue on Tuesday, Nov. 26 in which PF&R and Portland Police will announce details of an important arson arrest. The press conference located in the Skidmore Room at Portland Fire & Rescue’s Station 1 will detail the arrest of a suspect in some of the most devastating arson crimes to hit Portland in recent memory. Suspect Allen Singerhouse is accused of setting the 4th alarm blaze that took place August 26, 2019 in Northeast Portland as well as other fires. Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone, Portland Deputy Police Chief Jamie Resch and Lead Arson Investigator Meredith Hopper will discuss on the case and highlight the important work done by the joint Portland Fire & Rescue and Portland Police Bureau’s Arson Investigations Unit.

 

Speakers:

Introduction by Lt. Rich Chatman PIO PF&R

Details of arrest by Lead Investigator Meredith Hopper PPB

Comments by Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone

Comments by Portland Police Deputy Chief Jaimee Resch

Press - 11/25/19

Joint PF&R and PPB press conference -Arson Arrest

Tuesday November 26, 2019 @8am

Portland Fire Station 1

55 SW Ash St

1st floor Skidmore Room

 

Media is invited to an 8 am press conference at Portland Fire & Rescue on Tuesday, Nov. 26 in which PF&R and Portland Police will announce details of an important arson arrest. The press conference located in the Skidmore Room at Portland Fire & Rescue’s Station 1 will detail the arrest of a suspect in some of the most devastating arson crimes to hit Portland in recent memory. Suspect Allen Singerhouse is accused of setting the 4th alarm blaze that took place August 26, 2019 in Northeast Portland as well as other fires. Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone, Portland Deputy Police Chief Jamie Resch and Lead Arson Investigator Meredith Hopper will discuss on the case and highlight the important work done by the joint Portland Fire & Rescue and Portland Police Bureau’s Arson Investigations Unit.

 

Speakers:

Introduction by Lt. Rich Chatman PIO PF&R

Details of arrest by Lead Investigator Meredith Hopper PPB

Comments by Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone

Comments by Portland Police Deputy Chief Jaimee Resch

Press - 11/25/19

Joint PF&R and PPB press conference -Arson Arrest

Tuesday November 26, 2019 @8am

Portland Fire Station 1

55 SW Ash St

1st floor Skidmore Room

 

Media is invited to an 8 am press conference at Portland Fire & Rescue on Tuesday, Nov. 26 in which PF&R and Portland Police will announce details of an important arson arrest. The press conference located in the Skidmore Room at Portland Fire & Rescue’s Station 1 will detail the arrest of a suspect in some of the most devastating arson crimes to hit Portland in recent memory. Suspect Allen Singerhouse is accused of setting the 4th alarm blaze that took place August 26, 2019 in Northeast Portland as well as other fires. Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone, Portland Deputy Police Chief Jamie Resch and Lead Arson Investigator Meredith Hopper will discuss on the case and highlight the important work done by the joint Portland Fire & Rescue and Portland Police Bureau’s Arson Investigations Unit.

 

Speakers:

Introduction by Lt. Rich Chatman PIO PF&R

Details of arrest by Lead Investigator Meredith Hopper PPB

Comments by Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone

Comments by Portland Police Deputy Chief Jaimee Resch

Portland Police Quickly Recover Stolen Fire Engine in North Portland - 11/22/19

On Friday November 22, 2019 the crew of Portland Fire & Rescue Engine Three responded to a fire alarm activation in the area of NE 15th and Broadway. While searching a building in that area their fire engine was taken by a person being held by Portland Police (please refer to PPB press releases for name and age). The fire engine was recovered minutes later in the area of N Greely and N Going.  Additional details are being withheld while investigators complete their investigation of the incident.
Fire Chief Sara Boone was briefed this evening and had the following reaction: “ I am relieved to know that no one was injured in the dangerous situation that unfolded in North Portland. I would like to thank the firefighters from Engine Three for their quick action and the Portland Police officers for their quick response and closure to this. We will allow the investigators to complete their job before commenting any further on what exactly happened; but I want the public to know that we do not take the theft and reckless operation of the cities emergency response apparatus lightly. We will review our internal policies to prevent this from happening in the future.”

More information regarding this incident will be provided once the investigation conducted by PPB and PF&R is complete.