Hazelwood attic fire displaces occupants

While not a large outer East Portland blaze, see the damage done to this residence …

After extinguishing a fire in this Hazelwood residence, fire crews await the arrival of a fire investigator.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

After smoke was spotted erupting from the attic vents of a home in the Hazelwood neighborhood at 8:19 a.m. on New Year’s Day, firefighters riding Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Mill Park Station 7’s Engine and Ladder Truck swiftly arrived, confirming seeing thick smoke coming from the house.

Using a relatively small hole cut in the roof, firefighters were able to reach in and put out the attic fire.

While some crew members pulled water supply lines and fire hoses, others checked to make sure all residents were out of the house. Indeed, all had escaped without injury.

After isolating the fire in the structure’s attic, firefighters with Ladder Truck #7 went up to the roof and cut a hole to access the fire, which was quickly extinguished.

Crew members begin the task of gathering water lines and packing their gear.

At the scene, we learned that those staying at the residence were “house sitting” for the owners, and all were okay. The cause of the attic fire, and the extent of the damages, have not yet been announced.

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