February 23 2018
PF&R crews had a busy early morning with a 2nd alarm commercial fire in N Portland followed, shortly after, with a SE Portland house fire that extended to a neighboring home and involved a fire fatality.
At 1:31am fire crews were dispatched to a commercial fire at 12 N Blandena Ave. When crews arrived they found a large column of fire and smoke engulfing an unoccupied commercial building. Due to the size of fire and a rescue operation not being needed, crews went to a defensive firefighting procedure. A second alarm was added for additional ladder truck companies and water supply.
With 9 units still at the scene of the earlier 2nd alarm commercial fire, crews in SE Portland were dispatched to a house fire at 3318 SE Salmon St at 3:21am. Initial reports from 911 callers were that the house had heavy fire and that there was possibly someone still in the home. At 3:24 Portland Fire Engine 9 arrived to find a 2 story home heavily involved with fire and smoke. Ladder Truck 25 arrived shortly after and attempted to rescue an 84yr old resident who was still inside the home. They successfully pulled her from the house within minutes of their arrival, unfortunately the 84yr old female sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. A second fire victim was found in the backyard after making it out safely but had suffered serious smoke inhalation injuries and was transported to Emanuel Hospital. Fire also extended to a neighboring home within very close proximity to 3318 Salmon -crews were able to limit this damage to just one side. Interim Fire Chief Ken Burns has been closely monitoring the situation at both fires and had this to say after hearing the news of the SE Portland fire victim "All of us at Portland Fire&Rescue extend our deepest sympathy to the family, neighbors and friends of our fire victim this morning. I am proud of the quick and dangerous work done here by our firefighters I only wish we could report a better outcome. This is a sad reminder of how fast these tragedies can happen."