Blaze chars outer East Portland home

See firefighters in action, as they work to extinguish flames on both the outside and the interior of a Hazelwood-neighborhood house …

Portland Fire & Rescue crews respond to a “flag lot” and start to battle a raging, midnight fire. David F. Ashton photo

By David F. Ashton

Looking past the house that was built closer to the street, and down the long flag-lot driveway, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) firefighters reported seeing flames leaping from the outside of a two-story house at 1418 SE 139th Avenue. It was just after midnight on March 24.

Following protocol, arriving crews started searching the residence for potential victims, while other firefighters started pulling hose lines and hooking up to their water supply.

Flames engulf the back of this house, as crews start their fire attack. Dick Harris, PF&R photo

On the roof, firefighters cut vertical ventilation holes, allowing hot and toxic gasses to escape. Dick Harris, PF&R photo

“The fire was also burning in the home’s attic,” recounted PF&R Public Information Officer Lt. Damon Simmons.

The home’s occupant was later found outside, Simmon said, and confirmed to responders that no one else was inside the burning house.

“Firefighters knocked down the fire on the exterior and in the attic,” Simmons reported. “No injuries were associated with this fire.”

The cause of this fire, and damages estimates, have yet to be determined, Simmons said.

With the fire knocked down, firefighters work inside, locating and extinguishing hot spots. Dick Harris, PF&R photo

“Volunteers from the Red Cross, Cascades Region, provided help to one adult and two children after an early-morning house,” said volunteer John Clay. “The family was provided with lodging, comfort kits, stuffed animals, and information on disaster health and disaster mental-health services.”

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