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Fire damages a home in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, but no injuries are reported

DAVID F. ASHTON - Fire crews opened the windows in this duplex to finish airing it out, after they put out the fire in this Brentwood-Darlington house. The amount of smoke boiling up from the back of a two-level duplex located at 4929/4931 S.E. Flavel Drive in Brentwood-Darlington caused neighbors to worry that a fire there could easily turn into a conflagration. It was the hot summer Sunday afternoon of August 28.

Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) crews from several Inner Southeast Portland stations were racing to the blaze at 3:44 p.m. Woodstock Fire Station 25's Ladder Truck Company, and Westmoreland Fire Station 20's Engine Company were among the first to arrive.

Both crews, arriving from different directions at the time, had reported back to dispatchers seeing the black smoke as they approached. Some firefighters made sure no one was trapped inside the duplex, while others began fighting the fire.

Before several additional crews arrived, the fire had been extinguished, and the crew members began to stand down.

"This was a fire in the attic space, caused by an electrical wiring malfunction above the kitchen," PF&R Public Information Officer Terry Foster later told THE BEE. "No injuries reported."

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