A house fire on S.E. 81st shut down S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses entirely; here's why

DAVID F. ASHTON - S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses was completely closed to traffic at Ramona, to allow fire hoses to snake across the thoroughfare from the nearest hydrant - on the other side of the busy highway. A quiet Saturday morning was disrupted by the sudden appearance of fire, for residents of the apartments at 8120-8126 S.E. Ramona Street on Saturday, October 28.

Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) crews were called to the building by a passing AMR ambulance, the driver of which saw smoke rising from the apartments – which are tucked in behind the Al's Shoes and Boots store – at 10:22 a.m.

Inasmuch as the building is a multi-family dwelling, about a dozen PF&R units raced to the scene, while Portland Police Bureau officers closed S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses entirely -- because the closest hydrant was across the busy street.

The crew of PF&R Woodstock Station Ladder Truck 25 arrived first, and reported to the dispatcher seeing heavy smoke and flames coming from the building.

While some firefighters pulled water supply and delivery lines, others went door to door inside, making sure all residents had left the building.

"The fire appeared to have started near the ground level on the east side of the building, and ran out the outside wall, and into the attic space," said PF&R Public Information Officer Ron Rouse. "The main body of the fire was on the ground floor, where it was extinguished by the on-scene crews."

While the fire was extinguished quickly, firefighters took their time "overhauling" the charred areas – removing burned material to make sure no live embers remained.

"There were no injuries reported in this incident," Rouse told THE BEE, but commented that several residents had been displaced by the fire, and they were being assisted by the Red Cross.

"Damage estimates are $90,000 to the building, and $25,000 to its contents. The fire investigator has yet to release the cause of the fire," he said.

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