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Because of the high east winds that day, a second alarm was called on this Southeast house fire

DAVID F. ASHTON - After knocking down the fire on the outside of the structure, crews worked inside the adjacent detached garage, making sure no embers remained.Ten blocks east of Franklin High School along S.E. Woodward Street, a residential fire that started late in the 3 p.m. hour on Wednesday afternoon, September 9, alarmed the neighbors.

"Fire was shooting up from the side of the house, and it looked like the trees in front of the place were about to catch fire," neighbor Sam Osborn told THE BEE. "Then, the fire started burning the garage of the property next door!"

Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) crews were dispatched to the home, at 6118 S.E. Woodward Street – arriving within four minutes of the callout.

Lents Fire Station's Engine 11 was the first pumper truck to arrive; soon thirteen other rigs were pulling into the narrow neighborhood street.

"Wind and dry conditions fueled a fire that started on the exterior of a home, spreading to nearby trees, the house, and a neighboring detached garage," confirmed a PF&R official.

PF&R Battalion Chiefs at the scene called for a second alarm, to bring more apparatus and firefighters to the scene, due to the rapidly expanding fire and the windy conditions. With the extra help, the fire was quickly controlled, and then put out.

No injuries were reported; the cause of the house fire is still under investigation.


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