It started in the garage, and was put out by firefighters before it damaged the house

DAVID F. ASHTON - The crew from Sellwood-Moreland Station Engine 20 stands by in the snow, ready to remove charred debris. Even though Portland's firefighters were going from call to call in their chained-up rigs after the week's big winter storm, crews responded quickly to a residential fire in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood on Friday morning, December 13, at 10:51 a.m.

Moving through snow-filled and ice-packed streets to the home at 6824 S.E. 63rd Avenue, crews riding PF&R Woodstock Engine 25 were first to arrive, and notified Dispatch of smoke coming from a semi-attached garage.

The engine company crewmembers started pulling out water lines and hooking them to a nearby hydrant; a minute later, they were joined by their colleagues on Truck 25, and those from the Sellwood-Moreland Station 20 on S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

"When crews arrived, they found fire on the first floor of the garage," PF&R spokesman Lt. Rich Chatman told THE BEE. "While some firefighters worked to knock down the fire, others searched the area, including the living quarters above the garage."

The resident of the apartment above the garage wasn't home, and there were no injuries. "Because the homeowner called 9-1-1 promptly, the fire did not extend to the upper level of the garage, or to the attached house," reported Chatman.

A PF&R Investigator came to the scene to determine the cause, but the findings in that report were not yet available as THE BEE went to press.

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