Second Alarm Apartment Fire at SE Foster Rd.
Story by by Oregon Herald staff
Fires in large apartment complexes can be difficult to control because a number of tasks have to be accomplished very quickly. In this case firefighters had to search 6 units for occupants, extinguish the fire, cut holes to ventillate deadly fire gases, turn off power to the building and evacuate neighboring buildings. Due to these factors, fire commanders called for a second alarm at 7:26 PM bringing additional resources to the scene.
All residents excaped safely and no injuries were reported. Firefighters rescued one dog who is doing well. Residents were provided temporary warm refuge in a bus, however 4-5 apartments had damage that will likely require residents to be displaced for a longer period of time. The Red Cross will be assisting these residents as needed with finding shelter.
Investigators are on scene working to determine the cause of this fire. Portland Fire crews were assisted by Gresham and Clackamas Fire Departments.
Portland Fire & Rescue reminds you to create and practice a fire escape plan. Know several ways to escape your home and have a safe meeting place. A fire can double in size every 30 seconds so make every second count. If a building is on fire get out and stay out.