Morning basement fire blackens Creston-Kenilworth home
When residents next door to a Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood home saw smoke rising from the attic vents of the house at 4123 S.E. 27th Avenue, on Thursday, August 5, they called the 9-1-1 Center â€“ and then headed over there.
"I could see a neighbor pounding the door, trying to get the attention of the man who lives there," a neighbor from across the street told THE BEE. "I heard that he was in the shower at the time."
Portland Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to the fire at 8:16 a.m. Three minutes later, Woodstock Fire Station 25's Engine and Ladder Truck companies had arrived.
"This is looking like a fire in basement, with smoke showing from the eaves," reported a Ladder Truck 25 company member. As two of Ladder Truck 25's firefighters clambered up ladders onto the roof, the other two went into the burning structure to search for possible victims.
To get water, firefighters hooked up to a hydrant on the north side of S.E. Gladstone Street, and ran water lines south to the burning house.
While one crew confirmed to the PF&R Battalion Chief that the occupant had escaped the house, another reported seeing smoke staining on the basement windows, which were boarded up from the inside.
It didn't take long for firefighters to knock down the basement fire. Other crew members from Ladder Truck 25 cut ventilation holes in the roof to let toxic, combustible gasses and smoke escape â€“ and then reported that the fire had not reached the attic.
Within about 15 minutes, the blaze had been extinguished. No one was injured in the fire; its cause is still under investigation.
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