Neighbors called the 9-1-1 Center to report a large volume of smoke rising from a home in the Foster-Powell neighborhood at 4121 S.E. 64th Avenue. It was 1:26 p.m. in the afternoon of Thursday, September 28.
Portland Fire & Rescue's Lents Station Engine 11 was first to arrive, and reported back to dispatchers there were "heavy volumes of smoke and fire" coming from the front of the structure.
The narrow street soon filled with seven additional rigs from three fire stations, as well as three Battalion Chiefs, while arriving crews searched the house for potential fire victims. A firefighter told THE BEE, "This home was occupied; but all appear to be out safely."
Complicating the firefighting effort was that the blaze had burned through the electrical power service line, causing it to drop – arcing and hissing – into the street.
Some firefighters laddered up to the roof to provide vertical ventilation and quench the fire in the attic, while other crews attacked the fire from inside the house – as yet others extinguished a burning Jeep SUV in the driveway.
It took about 20 minutes for firefighters to get it under control; but they stayed at the location for several hours to find and extinguish any remaining embers.
This fire remains under investigation.