Lents firefighters rescue woman from Clackamas house fire

Here why, although the fire was in an unincorporated part of Clackamas County, crews from Lents Station 11 rescued the victim, and put out the fire …

After a Portland Fire & Rescue crew, stationed in the Lents neighborhood, put out this mobile home fire – just over the county line – the firefighters examined the burned materials pulled out of the residence.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Although the fire broke out in a mobile home on February 26, at 12:36 p.m., just east of the boundary in Clackamas County, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) firefighters were first at the scene.

“It’s true, this fire was just over the Multnomah County/Portland line in unincorporated Clackamas County; it was called in by a Portland resident, so it went to that 9-1-1 Center,” said Clackamas Fire District #1 (CFD) Public Information Officer Branden Paxton.

Firefighters prepare to re-enter the mobile home to apply some “Class A Foam”, in an effort to make sure all the embers had been snuffed out.

PF&R’s Engine Company 11 from the Lents Station arrived just one minute before CFD’s Ladder Truck 304; both crews split the pulling of water supply lines and the search for victims.

“First firefighters at the scene reported to dispatch finding light smoke and a small fire in a room,” Paxton told East Portland News. “The fire was quickly extinguished. A female, the sole resident of the residence, was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene, and then taken to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.”

Fire crews stayed at the location for a while, making sure there were no hotspots or embers that could rekindle the fire.

An investigator with Clackamas Fire District #1 enters the residence to begin the search for the source of the blaze.

There’s no word yet about whether the home had a working smoke alarm. This incident remains under investigation, Paxton said.

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