Gateway garage fire quickly quenched

If firefighters hadn’t knocked this Hazelwood house fire down fast, it could have been a total loss …

After this outer East Portland house fire is substantially extinguished, firefighters look for remaining hot spots.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Many simultaneous phone calls to the 9-1-1 Center on January 4 dispatched ten Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) units to NE 99th Avenue at Everett Street at 12:53 p.m.

First-arriving crews reported back to dispatch seeing smoke and fire coming from an attached garage, as they pulled up to the property.

This charred window makes it clear that the fire was indeed raging when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters attacked the blaze both from an exterior window, and inside the garage itself.

“What made this fire a little more difficult to fight is a large amount of material stacked in the driveway and yard,” a firefighter commented. “But, we got through it – and it didn’t take long to knock down the fire,” he told East Portland News.

A crew member briefs a PF&R Fire Investigator at the scene.

A PF&R Fire Investigator arrived at the scene, and began looking into the blaze, as firefighters continued putting out hot spots using “Class A Foam”, a wetting agent, together with water supplied from the onboard tank of PF&R Mill Park Station Engine 7.

The cause of this fire hasn’t been disclosed. “No injuries reported,” a PF&R official said, via social media.

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