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A fire in an apartment in a large complex on Milwaukie Avenue disrupts traffic

DAVID F. ASHTON - Although firefighters quickly doused the blaze inside this Milwaukie Avenue apartment, smoke continued to issue from the unit for some time. When fire broke out in the 4616 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue apartment complex at Pardee Street, on January 17 at 5:13 p.m., firefighters from six stations worked their way through the unusually heavy rush hour traffic to fight it.

Because these particular apartments are designed with a courtyard, and most of them face inward, firefighters pulled into the driveway behind the complex, and drove to the south end of the southeast building of the large complex to reach the flames.

"We were ready to head out for the evening, when we saw flashing lights in our windows, saw the fire trucks, and realized there was a fire here," exclaimed one of the residents, as he watched the crews at work.

Responding fire apparatus filled Milwaukie Avenue just north of the McLoughlin Boulevard overcrossing; police shut down Milwaukie from Holgate Boulevard south to Schiller Street, which caused a major – if temporary – traffic jam in the area.

"As it worked out, this wasn't a major incident," PF&R Public Information Officer Captain Louisa Jones later told THE BEE. "The fire was contained to a single room of a first-floor apartment in this three-story building, so with quick action, the fire didn't extend up to other units."

"There were no injuries, but the occupants needed other lodging while their apartment is repaired." The Red Cross responded to assist the displaced.

The fire remains under investigation, and there had been no damage estimate or cause announced as THE BEE went to press.

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