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A family is displaced by a fire near Brooklyn Park -- but everyone's okay, and repairs are being arranged

DAVID F. ASHTON - Relatives of the residents of the burned Brooklyn home told THE BEE, at the scene on the morning of March 20, that they believed this fire was mostly confined to the upper story of the house. No injuries were reported. Neighbors and family members report that when a fire erupted in a house in the Brooklyn neighborhood, on Saturday morning, March 20, the phone lines into the 9-1-1 Center were "busy" for some time. By the time the residents reached managed to reach dispatchers to report the fire, they learned that the first of many Portland Fire & Rescue crews had already pulled up outside their 1910-built home at 3421 S.E. 10th Avenue, near Brooklyn Park – previous callers had already reported it.

The official time of dispatch was 9:51 a.m.; Westmoreland Fire Station 20's Engine Company was first to arrive shortly afterward, soon followed by Woodstock Station 25's Engine crew, as well as by third pumper truck. Eventually there were 14 PF&R units on hand to combat the blaze – including no fewer than three Battalion Chiefs.

While some firefighters charged into the burning structure checking for occupants still inside, Engine 20's crew did a "rolling lay-in" of a water supply line along S.E. 10th Avenue, all the way from Rhone Street up past Rhine Street, using all but one of the hose bundles they carry on the engine.

A PF&R Investigator arrived at 10:03 a.m.; after a primary evaluation, she discussed her findings with the Battalion Chiefs at the location, but those conclusions were not made available to press at the scene.

"We think the damage to the house was pretty much confined to what you see, on the second story, here in the front," a family member told THE BEE. "Everyone is okay, including the pets."

"We've got a really good fire department here, because there were here really fast!" another relative commented.

However it appeared as the firefighting effort wound down that the fire, smoke, and water damage would displace the family while repairs are being made.

The fire occurred just as this issue of THE BEE was being prepared; and, as of that time, there had been no further information about the fire from PF&R officials.

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