Police called to building fire
Police had to be called to remove at least one tenant from a building during an early Monday morning fire.
No one was hurt in the incident and it was not immediately clear whether police physically removed anyone from the building.
According to Portland Fire & Rescue, firefighters responded to the report of a fire in the Oak Street Building at 232 S.E. Oak St. at 5:27 a.m. on June 2. Crews entered the building and found water flowing from fire sprinklers, heavy smoke, and alarms sounding.
After a rapid search, firefighters located the fire in a second floor room, quickly extinguished the fire, and proceeded to evacuate the occupants of the building. Early into the incident some occupants refused to exit the building, PF&R says, prompting fire crews to request police assistance. Once the occupants became aware of the fire situation, all evacuated without further incident.
Crews remained on the scene working to clear smoke and water from the building. A fire investigator responded to determine cause and prepare a damage estimate.
PF&R reminds all citizens to "Get Out and Stay Out" whenever a building is involved with fire for the following reasons:
The decision to delay evacuation of a burning building can be lethal.
Firefighters forced to deal with uncooperative occupants are unable to perform other necessary tasks.
Others could see you and believe it is safe to remain inside, placing themselves in increased and unnecessary danger.