‘Welding fire’ sparks Russell neighborhood home blaze

This garage fire almost lit this home ablaze. Take a look …

-1 As large flames flare up in the garage, these firefighters take to the roof to make sure it doesn’t spread into the attic of this houseDick Harris, PF&R photo

By David F. Ashton
Callers to 9-1-1 reported flames and smoke were billowing out of an attached garage of the home in outer East Portland at 1919 NE 138th Place in the Russell Neighborhood, at about 12:30 p.m. on July 15.

“When crews arrived, they found a fully-involved garage fire, and two boats in the driveway also fully involved,” said Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Public Information Lt. Rich Chatman.

At least one of the residents had been at home when the fire broke out.

Crews pull hose lines to fight the fire in the garage, and up on the roof, to keep the entire home from being lit ablazeDick Harris, PF&R photo

Complicating the firefight were downed power lines that burned away from the home. “The electrical lines created issues for crews, because the power lines fell across – then energized – a metal fence around the property,” reported Chatman. “PGE responded within 20 minutes, and assisted fire crews by shutting down the power to the fallen lines.”

The garage was charred from the blaze. The fire did extend from the garage to the house, but crews were able to prevent it from destroying the home.

It takes quite a while for crews to get this fire under controlDick Harris, PF&R photo

“Fire investigators say that a welding accident in the garage may have been the cause of this fire,” Chatman told East Portland News. “Damages are approximately $85,000.”

No injuries were reported, either to the fire crew or the residents.

© 2013 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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