When a neighbor called 9-1-1, reporting thick smoke coming from the back of a house at 3111 S.E. 71st Avenue at 1:41 p.m. on April 3, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) crews from four different stations headed to the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.
"I think the fire started in the utility room," a neighbor told THE BEE, as firefighters were tending to the wheelchair-bound resident.
Even though the blaze appeared to be small – perhaps involving a clothing dryer -- firefighters followed protocol and training by pulling water lines from engines, while other crewmembers searched the house, making sure it had been vacated.
"We got a good knockdown of the fire, and kept it from extending," a fire lieutenant remarked. "We were concentrating on getting the resident out of the home."
Paramedics tended to a burn on the resident's leg, but the person did not require transport to a hospital for further medical care.