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This was one of several residential fires in July; in this one, the occupant of the unit where it started lost everything

DAVID F. ASHTON - A firefighter with Engine Company 25 looks at the burned rubble - all that remained of the contents of the apartment in which this fire originated, near S.E. Mitchell and 77th.A fire that broke out in a small apartment complex in the Foster-Powell neighborhood on July 18 at about 4 p.m. sent Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) crews to 7716 S.E. Mitchell Street.

Woodstock Fire Station 25's Engine Company was the first to arrive at the narrow, hard-to-reach four-plex. As they arrived, the crew reported that an apartment was fully engulfed, with flames showing from doors and windows.

As the other nine PF&R units pulled in one after another, an emergency priority call went out to notifying all firefighters that the electric power line to the building had burned off the northwest corner, and was live, energized and sparking in the street.

"Firefighters found that the apartment on fire was threatening a connected structure," PF&R Public Information Officer Lt. Damon Simmons told THE BEE. "There was a search to ensure no one was trapped inside, while others worked to extinguish the fire."

The distraught resident of the apartment in which the fire started, standing outside the fire line, cried out, "My home has burned, it's all gone." She was among those receiving emergency housing assistance from the Red Cross.

"No humans were injured, and one dog escaped; but sadly, firefighters found a deceased cat in the fire," Simmons reported. "The fire was quickly extinguished, but the apartment of origin was a total loss," Simmons said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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