Unknown causes char a Lents home

Look at what we’ve found out about this outer East Portland residential fire …

PF&R crews pull down their ladders to head inside and onto the roof of this Lents neighborhood house, to put out an attic fire.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

When a neighbor saw flames coming from the roof of a house located at 10137 SE Holgate Boulevard, she called the 9-1-1 Center at 2:52 p.m. on June 19.

Less than three minutes later, the Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Lents Station Engine 11 crew was at the scene, reporting back that there was indeed fire and smoke coming from both ends of the roof line.

Firefighters check in with a PF&R Battalion Chief to relay information about the fire.

In rapid succession, equipment rolled up from Mill Park Station 7, Woodstock Station 25, and Centennial Station 31.

While some of the crews searched the house to confirm reports that all of the occupants got out of the blazing structure, Ladder Truck 7’s crew scrambled to the rooftop, and began cutting holes to provide vertical ventilation, and to extinguish the attic fire from above.

Inside and out, firefighters work to make sure this blaze is extinguished.

By 3:15 p.m., the fire had been extinguished, but firefighters continued doing “overhaul” – digging out remaining embers and quenching hot spots.

“This was an ‘odd fire’,” commented a PF&R Battalion Chief to East Portland News. “A PF&R Investigator has been called here.”

Firefighters stand by to head inside to “overhaul” areas inside the structure.

Volunteers with American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to the fire to provide immediate assistance for three adults and one child temporarily displaced by the fire.

The cause of this fire remains under investigation.

© 2017 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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