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UPDATE: PF&R Responds to a 2nd Alarm Apartment Fire (8130 SE Main) - 01/10/18

This evening at 6:11 PM Portland Firefighters were called to an apartment fire at 8130 SE Main. When crews arrived they noted fire burning in two apartments. Firefighters entered the apartments to search for trapped victims and to extinguish the fire. Firefighters found a teenage male unconscious in one of the apartments. The young man was transported to the Legacy Oregon Burn Center with life threatening injuries.

Finding and caring for the victim created a need for additional personnel and was a trigger for fire commanders to call for a second alarm. The fire was knocked down within approximately 30 minutes and Portland Fire Investigators arrived on scene to determine what caused it. This fire necessitated the closure of 82nd Avenue for a block in each direction around Main St.

Investigators are still working. Cause and damage determinations haven't been released yet. PF&R won't be providing any additional updates on the victim due to his age and to protect patient privacy. This includes his identity. This release will be updated with information on cause and damage when it's available.

UPDATE 1/10/18: Investigators are still working to determine the fire cause. They have completed the scene investigation but are still conducting follow-up interviews of occupants and witnesses.

PF&R will not be releasing any further updates on the condition of the fire victim rescued from this fire to protect patient privacy concerns.

UPDATE: Portland Fire & Rescue responds to a 2nd Alarm fire in S.E. - 01/10/18

Firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire (2404 SE 89th Ave.) at 5:19 AM. They arrived to fire coming from the front of the house, and from the garage. Crews quickly made entry to verify that all residents were out of the structure. A portion of the home collapsed minutes later, injuring two firefighters. Both were treated and transported to the hospital with minor injuries. 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.

Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind all that:

In the U.S., someone dies in a house fire every three hours. (United States Fire Administration [USFA])

- If there is a fire, get out and stay out. Never go back into a burning home.

- Children make up 15% to 20% of all fire deaths (USFA). Teach children never to hide if there's a fire, but to get out and stay out.

There are three important things you can do to reduce your risk of injury from a home fire:

1. Make sure your home has properly installed and working smoke alarms.

2. Plan and practice a fire escape plan.

3. In case of a fire, get out and stay out. Going back into a burning home can be deadly.

UPDATE 1/10/18: Investigators are still working to determine the cause of this fire. They have completed the scene investigation but are still conducting follow-up interviews of occupants and witnesses.

The two firefighters who were injured in this incident were kept overnight for observation at an area hospital. They have since been release and are recovering at home. This event was a sentinel event and as such, the entire incident is under investigation so that we may learn about this event and work to keep firefighters safer in the future. The two firefighters involved will not be available for media interviews until the completion of the investigation in order to preserve the integrity of this process. At this time, the investigation is expected to take several more weeks.

***UPDATE with Fire Cause*** Portland Fire Extinguishes Second SE Portland Structure Fire Today - 01/06/18

UPDATE: 5:43 PM 1/6/2018

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 smoke inhalation.

Portland Fire & Rescue would like to caution citizens about fighting fire themselves. Modern materials in household items, furniture and building construction materials are more petroleum based than their older counterparts. As a result, fires grow much more rapidly and with more BTU's; almost doubling in size every minute.

Call 9-1-1 quickly and get everyone out of the building if possible to do safely.

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At 3:08 PM this afternoons, PF&R responded to an Apartment Fire located at 1323 SE 26th Ave.

First-arriving crews found a two story daylight apartment building with the lower level of one unit involved in fire.

Crews quickly extinguished the fire and completed a search for potential occupants. The search was all clear.

The fire cause is still under investigation. Damage estimates are not yet available.

One adult female occupant was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening smoke inhalation related injuries.

Updates will be posted by Flash Alert as they become available.

SE Portland House Fire Caused By Propane Heater; Displaces 5 Adults - 12/23/17

Portland Fire was dispatched to a house fire at 7:41 this evening. Initial reports from multiple callers was that fire coming from the roof of a home.

First arriving crews encountered heavy fire coming from the front of 10104 SE Harold St. Dispatch relayed reports of possible occupants inside the home.

After an aggressive attack on the fire from the interior, firefighters knocked the fire down. The fire was mainly located in the living room.

Investigators were called to help determine the cause. The fire started when an occupant attempted to light a propane heater inside the home. The home had no electric service.

No occupants were injured in this fire. Two dogs perished, however.

(5) occupants were displaced by this fire. Red Cross is responding to provide assistance.

Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind everyone to only use heat sources designed for interior use. Always follow manufacturers directions for use.

Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to SW Portland House Fire Started By Fireplace Ashes - 12/23/17

At 2:42 this afternoon, Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to report of a residential fire at 8213 SW Woods Creek Ct.

First arriving crews reported seeing smoke coming from the rear of the structure. Upon further investigation it was found that there was an exterior fire that had started on the deck and was extending to the second floor. The fire had enough heat energy to break out a second-floor window.

Firefighters made an aggressive attack and knocked the fire down quickly and performed a search for possible occupants. No human occupants were found, however, two dogs were trapped inside the house. The dogs are safe and sound. Firefighters also assessed for fire extension to the second floor.

Damage estimates are not available yet.

This fire was caused by improperly disposed fireplace ashes. Ashes from the fireplace were placed in a paper bag on the rear of the structure. There were a small amount of hot coals in those ashes.

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds everyone to dispose of fireplace ashes in a metal container with lid to prevent extension to combustibles.