A mistake in a kitchen caught one home on fire...and then another Holgate Blvd

DAVID F. ASHTON - Multiple fire crews worked to contain the blaze to just the two manufactured homes involved.
What started out as a small fire in a carport in a manufactured home park, soon turned into a "two-alarm" conflagration at 3:09 p.m. on Monday, July 16.

The Engine Company of Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Powellhurst Station 29, located at S.E. 133rd Avenue on Foster Road, was the first crew to arrive, quickly followed by crews from Lents Station 11 and Woodstock Station 25.

Crews realized this fire was in the back corner of a closely-spaced manufactured home development; the only direct access was a narrow driveway. Strong gusts of wind whipped up the flames.

"The fire grew and became more heavily involved, extending to the second residence," PF&R spokesperson Lieutenant Tommy Schroeder told THE BEE.

"Due to the amount of fire, a second alarm was called to bring additional resources to assist," Schroeder informed, adding that "mutual aid" was provided by fire companies in Clackamas County and Gresham.

To the east of the burning houses, Gresham Fire & Rescue firefighters set up "fire protection" water lines, and began spraying down houses backing up to the development where the manufactured homes were ablaze.

"The fire was extinguished shortly thereafter; PF&R Fire Investigators responded to assist with determining fire cause," Schroeder said.

This fire was started by a cooking fire under a carport, later reported Schroeder – and extended to the carport, and then to the attached residence, and then to the home next door.

There were no injuries involved with this incident; damage was estimated at $130,000.

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