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Firefighters busy Saturday, early Sunday

Photo Credit: PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE - Firefighters were able to prevent a fire at the Chesterberry Apartments in Northwest Portland from being much worse.Portland Fire & Rescue crews were busy responding to numerous calls on Saturday and early Sunday.

First, at 8:11 a.m. on Aug. 16, crews were dispatched to a fire at the Chesterberry Apartments, 925 N.W. 20th Ave. Initial reports said that smoke was visible on the third and fourth floors, and that fire alarms could be heard throughout the building.

Engine 3 and Truck 3 from the Northwest/Pearl District station were the first units to arrive, with the crew from Engine 3 attacking the fire while the crew from Truck 3 began search and rescue operations. Once it was verified that all the tenants had all made it out safely, crews advanced a hose line into the apartment and ensured that the fire was out.

No one was injured in the fire. The Fire Investigator determined the cause to be excessive use of extension cords, with combustibles placed on top of and around the extension cords.

Battalion Chief Tom Williams credits the smoke alarms and the rapid response of the firefighters for averting what could have been a much worse fire.

No damage estimate was immediately available.

Later, inner Southeast Portland companies responded to reports of a commercial structure fire at 19th and Belmont. The first to arrive entered the building, reported the fire extinguished, and left the scene a short time later.

Next, Old Town fire companies were called to the scene of a triple shooting between Southwest 3rd and Alder and Southwest 3rd and Pine. Crews ensured the scene was safe and assumed medical care. Firefighters treated and transported two male patients to OHSU with non-life threatening injuries.

As firefighters from Truck 1 were being cleared from the Southwest 3rd and Pine, calls were received indicating that a group of people was stuck in an elevator and that one of them was

having an asthma attack. Firefighters rescued all individuals and provided medical care to the asthmatic patient.

Finally, Southeast companies were dispatched to a residential fire at Southeast 165th and Morrison. Crews arrived to find an attached garage engulfed in flames. The fire was brought under control. No damage estimate was immediately available.