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Firefighters employ dangerous 'Rescue Mode' due to initial reports that residents had gone back into burning building for pets

A mobile home fire left two people without a place to live last Wednesday night in Clackamas.

Firefighters arrived just before 6:30 p.m. at Oak Acres Mobile Home Park on Highway 212.

A crowd had gathered outside, and witnesses initially told officials a person was still inside of the home. Firefighters quickly entered the building, but found that both people who were inside of the home when the fire started had escaped safely.

The fire caused significant damage, displacing both residents. Two pets were missing.

"With early reports that a person was still inside the home looking for a pet, firefighters went into Rescue Mode to quickly search the building to ensure everyone had escaped," said Clackamas Fire spokesman Brandon Paxton. "Rescue Mode is a technique that firefighters use to quickly make entry into a building when it is highly likely that someone is still inside. In this mode, the firefighters are going into a dangerous environment without a backup team and at times no additional units on the scene."

Paxton reminded the public that if a fire happens inside of a building, people need to escape right away and stay out.

"The best thing families can do if a pet is left in the building, is to get out and give that information to our highly trained and properly equipped firefighters," he said.


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