Two-Alarm fire chars shed and RV, damages house

See what happened, and learn why a ‘Second Alarm’ was called for this residential fire in the Centennial neighborhood …

Firefighters work to put out hot-spots, after a shed fire quickly extended to other buildings and an RV, at this outer East Portland home. PF&R image

By David F. Ashton

Reports of a house on fire brought out Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) firefighters to a burning shed behind a Centennial neighborhood residence located at 3305 SE 153rd Avenue on May 6 at 8:53 a.m.

As firefighters arrived, the fire had spread to a neighboring detached garage, and to the back of the home, as well as to an RV parked beside the house.

Standing between the burnt shed and the charred garage, the fire crew keeps an eye out for wisps of smoke, indicating remaining hot embers. PF&R image

As is their strategy, some of the crew members searched the residence, making sure everyone was out and the fire had not spread to the interior of the home, while other fighters worked outside extinguishing the blazing shed, the exterior of the house, and the motor home.

“The Battalion Chief called for a ‘second alarm’ early, because of the potential for multiple structures to become involved,” PF&R spokesperson Jesse Altig told East Portland News.

By calling in additional equipment and personnel right at the start, the fire was successfully contained and then extinguished. PF&R image

“It does appear as if the fire started in the small shed,” Altig said. “Arson Squad Investigators are on scene to determine the cause. No injuries were reported on this incident,” Altig added.

© 2016 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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