Fire & Rescue: 6 hurt in NW Portland apartment tower blaze
Portland Fire & Rescue stayed busy Friday night, March 20, responding to three blazes across the city. Here's what happened.
Friday, 11:49 p.m. at 101st Avenue and Southeast Clinton Street, crews responded to a boarded-up house with smoke and flames leaking out of the windows and roof. Despite reports that the home might be occupied, a search turned up no one. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Friday, 11:51 p.m. at 921 S.W. 21st Avenue, crews responded to the Portland Towers Apartments, which does not have a sprinkler system, after a kitchen caught fire on the 8th floor. First responders found the fire was coming out the window and had spread throughout the unit.
"A fire in this type of building is very challenging and requires many more units to respond on the initial alarm than a house fire, as all fire hoses and equipment must be carried up the stairwell by firefighters and search and rescue must be performed on multiple floors in conjunction with fire extinguishment," according to a news release.
The second-alarm summoned more staff to the scene, for a total of 60 firefighters, who battled against extensive smoke on the 8th and 9th floors. Residents heard smoke alarms and evacuated, but several people on the 8th floor were trapped by the smoke.
Six residents were ultimately taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and burns, but none of them had life-threatening injuries. All occupants of the 8th and 9th floors are relocating. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
"In 1990 a fire in this same building, also on the 8th floor, almost killed two firefighters who became separated from their crews and ran out of air," according to the release.
Saturday, 12:27 a.m. at 55th Avenue and Southeast Francis Street, crews responded to a small cooking fire that was quickly extinguished.
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