Lents apartment fire quickly put out

Here’s what happens when ‘Portland’s busiest fire station’ responds to another outer East Portland fire, near Lents Park …

An apartment fire in the Lents neighborhood brings out firefighters, who quickly extinguish a blaze in one of the units.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

When eleven Portland Fire & Rescue (PP&B) units pulled into SE Schiller Street, across the street from the Walker Stadium entrance, on the evening of July 1, many folks attending the Portland Pickles Baseball Club game came over to see what was on fire.

The report of a bedroom blaze, called in at 7:41 p.m. brought firefighters to apartments operated by the Housing Authority of Portland at 9348 SE Schiller Way.

A PF&R Battalion Chief, an “Incident Command Board” in hand, walks out to meet with firefighters.

Often called “The busiest firehouse in Portland” – the Engine and Rescue companies of PF&R Lents Station 11 – arrived first, followed four minutes later by the Bureau’s Woodstock Station 25 Engine and Ladder Truck Companies.

“Coming from Station 11, a few blocks down 92nd Avenue, first-arriving firefighters found smoke coming from a second story bedroom in the townhouse-style apartments,” a PF&R Battalion Chief told East Portland News.

Crew of PF&R Engine 11 prepare to stand down after the fire has been quenched.

Some of the firefighters entered the building to make sure all of the residents had been evacuated, while other crewmembers pulled water lines.

“We were able to quickly put out the fire, so it didn’t extend to other units, or other buildings,” the Battalion Chief remarked.

There wasn’t a clear source of the fire, the Chief said: “It is under investigation; the good thing is – even though four people will be displaced by the fire – no one was injured.”

Fire investigators prepare to examine the fire scene.

Although fire investigators were already at work, the fire’s cause has not yet been announced, nor has the cost of primarily fire and water damage to the structure and contents.

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