Mobile home fire near 82nd displaces residents

See why fast-acting firefighters helped save other homes in this outer East Portland mobile home park …

In the Lents neighborhood, fire rigs jam SE Harney Street, as crews race to extinguish a mobile home fire.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

The residents of a mobile home located in a nameless park along SE 82nd Avenue of Roses at SE Harney Street were displaced when a fire broke out in their unit on July 11. It was called in to Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) at 6:57 p.m.

Minutes after the alarm was sounded, firefighters crewing PF&R Lents Station Engine 11 arrived at the scene, and reported back to dispatch seeing “a mobile home with extensive fire throughout,” as PF&R Public Information Officer Lt. Damon Simmons put it.

Lents Station 11 Medical rig stands by after initial reports of a fire-caused injury.

A minute later, both Woodstock Station 25’s Engine and Ladder Truck companies rolled up the narrow road, and helped Engine 11’s firefighters connect their rig to a nearby hydrant to fight the blaze. At the same time, other crewmembers made sure the occupants were out safely.

Another group of firefighters had an additional water line ready for “fire protection”, to make sure other nearby mobile homes didn’t ignite on that windy evening. And, a Portland General Electric crew came into the area to disconnect power lines.

After quenching the blaze, fire crews begin packing up their gear.

Within minutes, the fire had been extinguished. A PF&R Fire Investigator arrived, and began sifting through the charred wreckage.

“There were no injuries associated with this fire,” Simmons told East Portland News. “Red Cross was called to assist at least one resident with shelter.”

The cause of this fire hasn’t yet been determined; it remains under investigation.

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