Mattress fire briefly threatens Sellwood condos
Neighbors along the western foot of S.E. Linn Street, as well as residents of the Waverly Yacht Club Condominiums, were alarmed when a fire broke out in the third story of a condominium unit on Wednesday, October 14.
Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched at 1:14 p.m. On their way, Westmoreland Station Westmoreland Fire Station 20's Engine Company reported to dispatchers seeing thick dark smoke rising from the building. First in, the crew started hooking up water lines and made entry into the building to search for victims and address the fire.
Two minutes later, the Ladder Truck Company from Burlingame's Station 10 pulled in. Those firefighters extended their "tiller ladder" to the third story roof; and others extended an extension ladder up to the window of the burning unit.
Firefighters broke out a third-story front window to let smoke and hot gasses escape.
A PF&R Battalion Chief told THE BEE that, based on preliminary information, it had been a mattress fire in the corner bedroom of the condo – and, surprisingly, apparently did not appear to be related to "smokers carelessness". The cause of the ignited mattress still remained to be determined by a PF&R Investigator.
No one was reported injured in the blaze. "Fast, appropriate response saved the structure from damage; it appears the fire didn't extend beyond the one room," the Battalion Chief reported.
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