Fire at “private shows” business forces worker to flee from window

A “hot time” at the Passionate Dreams Private Shows wasn’t from entertainment activities taking place inside ‚Äì but instead, from a fire, still under investigation ‚Ķ

The fire call describing a house on fire brought fire trucks and engines from both Portland and Clackamas, shutting down SE 82nd Avenue for hours.

Story and Photos by David F. Ashton
Firefighters from Portland Fire & Rescue sprang into action – as did those from Clackamas County – when they got a call reporting a fire at SE 82nd Ave. of Roses at Claybourne St.

The first unit arrived reported on the emergency radio, “Heavy smoke seen coming from the second story window.”

Traffic was shut down on 82nd Avenue as emergency vehicles continued to roll into the area. We arrived on-scene moments after the call, about 2:45 p.m. on August 13. Firefighters had already made their way into the building and put out the fire. But smoke was still pouring out of the brightly painted home-turned-adult-business.

This woman claims she jumped from the second story window of Passionate Dreams Private Shows to escape the blaze. Witnesses questioned her story.

A woman, who refused to speak with us, told firefighters she escaped the inferno by leaping out of the second-story building. The paramedics urged the fire escapee to seek medical care. She sat in the ambulance for a few minutes, then exited, cloaked in a white, terrycloth towel.

“I saw her running around the building,” is what nearby resident Jose Garcia-Lopez told us. “If she jumped, I don’t think she jumped from very high.”

From behind, one can see the damage to Passionate Dreams Private Shows caused by the fire.

On scene, officials told us the fire broke out on the second floor, and extended into the attic. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

¬© 2006 David F. Ashton

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