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Gas tanks complicate SE garage fire

by: PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE/DICK HARRIS - Acetylene gas tanks were in a garage that caught fire on Jan. 24.Firefighters had to deal with hazardous acetylene gas tanks in a garage that caught fire in Southeast Portland on Friday morning.

Acetylene gas is commonly used in cutting torches and can reach extreme temperatures when mixed with oxygen. The tanks are sensitive to pressure, temperature and the presence of a spark.

The homeowner was treated for mild smoke inhalation at the scene, but was not transported to a hospital. No one else was hurt in the fire, which heavily damaged the garage of the house at 1520 S.E. 152nd Ave.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, crews were dispatched to the fire at 8:52 am. on Jan. 24. They arrived to flames coming from the garage and the roof. Strong winds also caused the fire to spread outside of the home.

Fire crews had to open up the roof to extinguish the attic fire. They had to be extra careful because the winds will cause the fire move quicker, causing firefighters to chase the fire.

A fire investigator is determining a cause and damage assessment.