Firefighters battle two Sunday house fires
Portland Fire & Rescue responded to two house fires Sunday morning. Only one occupant received minor injuries that did not require hospitalization.
Firefighters were first dispatched to a house fire at 5116 S.E. Knight) at 3:34 on May 19. Engines 11, 20, 9, and 19 were on the initial response along with Truck 25.
The house was quickly filling up with smoke when the firefighters arrived and both occupants were outside. One of the occupants was treated for minor injuries that did not require hospitalization. There were no other injuries.
The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical and damage was estimated at $5,000.
Then at 8:25 a.m., fire crews were dispatched to another house fire at 9005 N. Oswego Ave. Station 22 in St. Johns, which has a fire engine and a truck, arrived to a "fully involved house," said Fire Lieutenant Stew White.
Firefighters decided to fight the fire from the outside initially, then go into the structure to put out the remaining hot spots. Engine 26 in Portsmouth, Engine 8 in Kenton, and Engine 24 in Swan Island were also on the initial response. Truck 8 and Station 10 in Burlingame were also dispatched to assist with firefighter efforts.
All occupants were accounted for, including the family pets, a cat and a dog.
"Whenever there is that much fire, our first thought is making sure everyone is out of the house," said firefighter Kelly Ekhoff.
The cause of the second fire could not immediately be determined.