The report of a fire ripping through a single-story duplex unit, two blocks north of S.E. Powell Boulevard near S.E. 82nd Avenue, brought out crews from Portland Fire & Rescue at 1:45 pm on Friday afternoon, May 2nd.

When the crew of Lents Station Engine 11 rolled up to the duplex “court” at 8371 S.E. Brooklyn Street, the lieutenant called in the initial “size-up” report: “Smoke coming from the front door, and flames on the side of the unit.”

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Fire crews check the unit next door to the burned duplex unit to make sure the fire didnt spread.Arriving firefighters split up to look for victims or occupants in the structure, while others started fighting the fire. Soon, the area was crowded with bystanders. So much so, that Portland Police Bureau East Precinct District officers were called in to provide crowd control.

The firefighters, with the help of additional units from Woodstock Station 25, quickly knocked down the blaze. The crews then began “overhaul” – removing charred structural members and contents that might contain live embers.

“Portland Fire & Rescue Investigators determined that the fire originated in the northwest bedroom,” said PF&R spokesperson Ron Rouse.

“The cause is listed as ‘accidental/undetermined’,” Rouse added. “The combined structure and content value is estimated at $148,940 with the loss estimate is placed at $74,940.”

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