Garage fire chars Argay Terrace home

Although this blaze was fierce, firefighters’ quick action saved the house from total destruction, and the family’s pets as well …

Many Portland Fire & Rescue rigs fill NE 133rd Avenue in the Argay Terrace neighborhood, responding to a garage fire.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

About two blocks east of Shaver Elementary School, in the Argay Terrace neighborhood, a fire in the garage of a split-level house at 3603 NE 133rd Avenue on Wednesday evening, July 27, brought numerous Portland Fire & Rescue (PD&R) units to the scene at 9:29 p.m.

A neighbor showed us a cell-phone video he’d taken of the blaze, with flames leaping from both open garage doors, and smoke coming from the upstairs bedroom window.

Firefighters begin to stand down after extinguishing a fire that ripped through the two-car garage of this Argay Terrace residence.

PF&R Parkrose Training Station 2’s Ladder Truck and Engine companies – based only a few blocks north of there – were first on-scene. A lieutenant reported back to dispatchers seeing heavy flames and smoke issuing from the garage – just as shown in the neighbor’s video.

Charring and soot above the garage gives an indication of how hot this fire burned.

“Initial reports said that all occupants were out, but that there was a dog and reptile still inside the residence,” PF&R Public Information Officer Terry Foster said. “As it turned out, the residents did get the dog out safely, though.

“The garage was fully involved in fire; crews knocked it down quickly, and went inside to search for extension into the home,” Foster told East Portland News. “The bearded dragon lizard was safe, and there was no fire inside the living space, just smoke.”

The PF&R Investigator (far right) begins his investigation of this fire, a bit of it still burns inside the garage!

No injuries were been reported. A PF&R Investigator was called to the fire, but as of this writing, the cause of this fire had not yet been released.

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