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Home burns on Southeast Dodge Park Boulevard, nobody home at time of blaze, responders said

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KOIN 6  - There were no fire hydrants near the house on Southeast Dodge Park Boulevard. Firefighters from Gresham and four other agencies beat back flames engulfing a large home southeast of Gresham in rural Multnomah County Wednesday night.

When firefighters arrived, flames were erupting from both floors of the large, two-story house, Outlook news partner KOIN 6 reported.

"When they got inside, they started going to the second floor, they had heavy fire conditions," Gresham Fire Battalion Chief Jason McGowan told KOIN 6. "[It] got extremely hot, they had to withdraw from the building."

The firefighters were hampered by a lack of water at the site. The house on Southeast Dodge Park Boulevard is at the end of a long private driveway. Crews had to truck in water to pump onto the fire. 

"The lack of water that was on scene definitely made it more challenging for our crews," McGowan said. "We are used to working in the city, where you have the hydrant on every block or half a block. It makes it a lot easier than when you have no water supply."

Officials also said the size of the house increased the challenge for the four fire departments that responded to help.

Firefighters said they did not think anyone was home during the fire on Wednesday, April 25.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital after losing consciousness at the scene. Officials said he is alert and being evaluated. 

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