UPDATED: A fire spread from a mobile home to a nearby grain silo and several trees on Sauvie Island Friday morning, Aug. 4, prompting three fire agencies to respond to the scene.
At 8:58 a.m. Friday, Portland Fire and Rescue crews were called to 16415 Northwest Lucy Reeder Road, where a mobile home was seen on fire on the property and flames were beginning to spread to a nearby grain silo and trees in the area, a release from PF&R stated.
Firefighters from the Sauvie Island Fire Department were on scene, joined shortly afterward by a unit from Scappoose Fire District, which was called to assist at 9:14 a.m., according to SFD Public Information Officer Cheryl Engstrom. Crews returned to Scappoose just before noon, she added.
The home was one of several commercial structures on the property, but was not occupied at the time. Seven people, who were described by neighbors as farm workers who were being housed in the mobile home, lost personal belongings in the fire. Those people were assisted by the American Red Cross afterward. No injuries were reported.
A state fire investigator is working to determine the cause of the fire.
Ron Murray, a Sauvie Island resident, said he empathized with the victims of the fire and wanted to collect donations to help them out.
"I have no idea who these people area, zero," Murray said, "But they're still my neighbors."
A former fire chief himself, Murray said he knew the people living on the property would be affected severely based on the agencies that responded.
"When you see the Portland fire bureau come down your road, you know this is a problem," Murray said.
An account has been set up under the name "Sauvie Island Fire Survivors" with the OnPoint Community Credit Union. The account number is 1287976.
Murray also credits the limitation of the fire on the hot, dry summer day, to the quick response of the Portland firefighters. Murray said the volunteer crews who serve the island can be slow to respond in some situations.
The house fire comes just after the region recently experienced a three-day heat wave with temperatures soaring into the low 100s. With smoke and haze blowing into the Portland metro region from numerous fires in the northwest, several air quality warnings have also been issued.