Portland officers rescue elderly woman from house fire
The Portland Police Bureau praised several officers who rushed into a burning home and saved an elderly woman.
East Precinct officers were patrolling the Montavilla area when they heard reports over the radio of a house fire around 10:07 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27. The officers, who declined to be ID'd, self-dispatched and arrived six seconds later.
With flames and smoke billowing from an attic and attached garage, two officers arrived, learned the family member was still inside, entered the burning structure, located her and brought her to safety.
Portland Fire & Rescue arrived soon after and put out the fire. Fire inspectors say the main floor ceiling was on the verge of collapse, which would have likely trapped the woman inside. Bureau offficials are crediting the officers with preventing a tragedy.
"I am proud of the two officers who risked their own safety by running inside to perform this rescue," said Deputy Chief Jami Resch. "We will continue to work side by side with our public safety partners at Portland Fire and Rescue and the Bureau of Emergency Communications to provide lifesaving service to the City of Portland."
The officers were evaluated for symptoms of smoke inhalation at a hospital but showed no signs of ill health.
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