Two house fires erupt Saturday morning
Firefighters responded to two residential fires in Portland on saturday morning.
The first response occurred on 8:40 a.m. when firefighters from Station 25 in Woodstock were called to a house at 6824 S.E. Clatsop St. When they arrived, they found the home's kitchen on fire.
Engine crews fought the fire while firefighters from a ladder truck searched and provided ventilation openings to remove the superheated fire gases. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the kitchen area.
No injuries were associated with this fire. Investigators were called to the scene and determined that the fire was caused by combustible items placed too close to an electric hotplate. The fire caused an estimated $45,000 in damaged.
Within minutes of declaring the first fire under control, firefighters were called to 2061 N.W. Kearney St. On arrival , they found a three story house with fire showing from windows on the second story. Firefighters from Station 3 in the Pearl District arrived and began fighting the fire.
Firefighters from Truck 3 and Truck 1 began searching the structure and providing ventilation while firefighters on the engines worked to control and extinguish the fire. At one point, fire commanders became concerned about fire extending to next door residences and called for a "second alarm". This brought additional resources to the scene. The fire was brought under control with minimal damage to neighboring homes.
A fire investigator completed his work on the Clatsop St. fire and proceeded to the fire on Kearney. He determined that the Kearney fire was caused by combustible items placed too close to a wall heater. The Kearney St. fire caused $100,000 in damage.