Woman, dogs, killed in Brentwood-Darlington fire
An intense fire raging inside a Brentwood-Darlington home took the life of its occupant and her two dogs on Wednesday evening, August 11.
A neighbor said she was walking her dog, turning from Ogden onto to Rural Street â€“ the road just south of the house. "The smoke coming from the house [on S.E. Bybee Boulevard] was so thick and intense, I was choking," she told THE BEE.
Portland Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to the scene moments later â€“ at 8:41 p.m. that evening. Woodstock Fire Station 25's Engine Company pulled up in front of the house, and confirmed to dispatchers heavy smoke erupting from the structure.
As the firefighters pulled out water lines to begin to battle the flames, the crew of Ladder Truck 25 pulled up and cautiously entered the house, looking for potential victims.
Firefighters reported to dispatch that they were encountering limited visibility and high heat as they began to extinguish the fire, said to be centered in the front room. Before long they reported finding a person inside the house, and radioed that they were bringing her to the front door.
"Crews did bring a victim out of the structure, but they determined that she had succumbed to her injuries," said PF&R Public Information Officer Terry Foster. "The victim was an adult female, approximately 50 to 60 years old," he reported, adding that firefighters also located two deceased dogs in the home. Fire investigators responded, but have not yet publicly announced the cause of the fatal fire.
"We encourage all residents to make sure they have working smoke detectors and to be prepared in case of a fire; both by having an escape plan in place, as well as calling 911 immediately," Foster reminded.
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