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Trauma specialists respond to SE house fire

by: DICK HARRIS/ PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE - Firefighters responded to this house fire in Southeast Portland on Sunday morning.Members from the nonprofit Trauma Intervention Program responded to help a family whose Southeast Portland house was damaged by fire Sunday morning.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire at 2340 S.E. 113th Ave. at 8:30 a.m. on April 27. They arrived to smoke and flames coming from the front of the home.

When they firefighighters arrived, the occupants were out front. One of whom was treated for smoke inhalation, but was not transported to a hospital for additional treatment.

Firefighters were alerted that the family's three cats were still unaccounted for. Crews simultaneously fought the fire and searched the structure. One cat was found early on and firefighters used a special pet resuscitator in a vain attempt to revive it. These resuscitators are carried on the responding Fire Chief's vehicles.

T.I.P. was also called out to assist. It is a nonprofit group of specially trained citizen volunteers who provide immediate emotional and practical support to victims, survivors, family, and bystanders following a traumatic event. T.I.P. partners with local police and fire agencies and provides 24-hour service to over one million citizens in the Portland/Vancouver Greater Metro areas. It has collaborated with PF&R for almost 20 years.

The cause of the fire iwas not immediately determined.