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East County Fire Calls

Between Feb. 28 and March 6, the Gresham Fire Department responded to 304 incident calls that included seven fire calls, 199 rescues and calls for Emergency Medical Services, four calls for hazardous conditions, 15 service calls, 11 good intent calls and 20 false alarms. Highlights, from records of the Gresham Fire Department, include:

March 1

• 12:27 a.m. Southwest Halsey Street in Troutdale. Troutdale police found a vehicle on fire and put it out with an extinguisher. Oil was burning on the underside of the oil pan. Fire crews put water on vehicle to finish putting out the fire and cut down on heat. Estimated loss $500.

• 8:33 p.m. Southeast 176th Avenue, Gresham. Responded to a building fire with heavy fire coming from a corner window. Crews pulled a hose to the second story to extinguish the inside fire, and the exterior fire also was extinguished. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

March 2

• 5:54 a.m. Northeast 238th Drive and the ramp to Interstate 84, Wood Village. Fire crews came upon a car on top of a road barrier and stopped to see if anyone needed help after clearing another accident. The driver said she slid on the ice while making a turn onto the freeway onramp but that she was not hurt and did not need medical help. Assessed car for hazards and cleared.

March 3

• 10:39 a.m. Northeast Second Court, Gresham. Responded to a report of a child locked in a car at a residence and found her mother and father trying to console her. Crews were able to force entry into the car with no damage and reunited the child with her parents.

• 2:50 p.m. Interstate 84 in Gresham. A car traveling west on Interstate 84 hit a metal object in the roadway. The impact set off airbags, causing the driver to lose control, but there were no injuries.

• 10:47 a.m. Northeast Halsey Street, Fairview. Dispatched to scene where police said smoke was coming from a vehicle. There was no fire. Officer on scene said he had seen fire in the engine compartment. The driver said she swerved to avoid hitting a squirrel and crashed head-on into a tree. The occupants were not injured.

• 4:10 p.m. Southeast Highway 26 and Southeast Palmquist Road, Gresham. Fire crews arrived and driver said he saw smoke coming from both front tires. Upon arrival there was no smoke but the brakes were very hot. Disconnected the battery and police were called for a tow of the vehicle.

March 5

• 6:06 p.m. Southeast Roberts Avenue, Gresham. Responded to a report of a commercial fire alarm activation at a retirement facility. While en route, dispatch notified it was a false alarm, but fire crews continue to assist in resetting the system. Unable to reset, and alarm system was left in “trouble” mode and a fire watch was established. Responded to same location at 9:51 p.m., and a faulty detector was detected and isolated.

March 6

• 8:35 p.m. Southeast Palmquist Drive, Gresham. Responded to a report of sparks coming out of a traffic light that turned out to be water dripping from the traffic light.

• 1:05 a.m. Southeast Powell Valley Road. Responded to a report of a commercial fire alarm activation at a retirement facility. The malfunction was determined to be related to a power outage in southeast Gresham. The reporting party at the location was advised to post a fire watch until the power was restored and the alarm system could be reset. The alarm went off again when power was restored around 2:30 a.m.

• 10:27 a.m. Northwest Frontage Road, Troutdale. Called to West Coast Center for semi-tractor emitting smoke. On arrival found semi filled with smoke, with small flames in the cab. Engine 75 crews extinguished fire in the cab after forcing open the windows (doors locked). The fire appeared to be in front left of cab in the wiring bundle. According to the shop crew, the driver/operator of this rig dropped a trailer for service in the morning and said he would be back. Shop personnel were initially unable to contact owner so a report was made to the Troutdale Police. Mechanics from service center disconnected the batteries of rig and estimated value and loss was $80,000.

• 1:07 a.m. Southeast Powell Valley Road. A caller reported seeing two transformers blow and another reported a “lightning flash” during a power outage from Kane Avenue to Paloma Drive. Fire crews did not find any lines down or fire problems. Portland General Electric was notified.



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