Two house fires break out at same time
Firefighters battled two house fires in different parts of town Monday morning.
According to Portland Fire & Rescue, at 5:15 a.m. on June 8, firefighters responded to report of a house fire at 10923 NE Fremont St. When Ladder Truck 2 arrived, the crew found heavy fire and smoke involved in the 1.5-story house.
An interior fire attack was initially attempted by the first arriving crews, but they were forced to drop back due to the hazardous fire conditions. An exterior or "defensive" fire attack continued while crews also evacuated nearby homes that were close enough to be in danger of spread from the primary home.
Along with large fire and smoke volume, a downed power line also created issues for the crews. It was reported that smoke was heavy enough to cause some visibility issues on neighboring I-84.
Fire investigators are still compiling information for cause and damage assessment. This was an unoccupied home and no injuries were reported.
As crews were working to contain that fire, another residential fire was reported at 4205 S.E .26th Ave. at 5:44am. This fire appeared to have started in the attic of a two story home.
When crews arrived, they found smoke coming from roof vents and immediately sent teams in with hose lines and entry tools. Once inside the home, firefighters cut into ceilings and walls to expose the fire that had, most likely, originated from an electrical issue. The quick discovery allowed firefighters to contain this fire to the attic.
One resident and two dogs were displaced until repairs can be made. No injuries reported.