Oregon News

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Firefighter hurt battling abandoned home blaze in Beaverton

A TVF&R firefighter was rushed to the hospital after being injured while battling a blaze at an abandoned structure. A large column of black smoke billowed from the home in a wooded area on Npra Road in Beaverton shortly after 3 p.m. Monday. The abandoned structure was engulfed in flames and fire crews battled it defensively. But the injured firefighter had to be rushed to the hospital after being hit in the abdomen by a door. Officials said he is expected to be OK.

Suspicious fire burns Madras High School dugouts

A fire of suspicious origin broke out in the baseball field dugouts at Madras High School early Tuesday morning, prompting an arson investigation, officials said. Crews responding to the fire, reported just after 5 a.m., found the dugout along the first-base side on fire, said Jefferson County Fire District No. 1 Captain Kasey Skaar. The first people on scene found the dugout 70 percent on fire, and crews quickly put it out before it could move to an adjacent building, Skaar said. Firefighters were on scene mopping up for about an hour at the school on Southeast 10th Street. The concession stand and outhouse were heavily damaged by the fire and will need to be rebuilt because they are now unstable, Skaar said. Only the restrooms burned to the ground, he added.

Sisters-Camp Sherman FD honors colleague in special way

Members of the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District and a few community members gathered together recently to make 511 bracelets in honor of district volunteer firefighter Michael McLaughlin, who passed away in November from lung cancer. The “Michael’s Awareness Bracelet” is made with suede string and UV beads. The beads are white when you’re inside and when they are exposed to UV rays from the sun; they change from semi-clear to bright colorful beads. The purpose of the bracelet is to get your attention and remind you of the importance of putting on sun protection.
KTVZ-TV NewsChannel 21

Utility fire cuts power to thousands in downtown Portland

Power was knocked out to thousands of customers Monday night and Pacific Power says they may not have it fully restored until 9 p.m Tuesday Crews said the outage was caused by a utility fire. Around 6 p.m., Portland Fire & Rescue said they responded to multiple reports of smoke coming from underground grates in northwest Portland roadways, mostly in the Northwest Park blocks area. Crews said burning material was visible from the street when looking down through the grates. Firefighters tracked the problem to an electrical vault fire. An electrical vault is an underground room providing access to utility equipment.
KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton

Oily rags likely caused Klamath Falls house fire

Spontaneous combustion is believed to be the cause of a structure fire that destroyed a home in the Klamath Falls suburbs early Monday. According to a news release from Klamath County Fire District 1, rags soaked in linseed oil were the most likely origin of the fire, on the 3000 block of Madison St. The release said a state trooper called dispatch at 1:21 a.m. to report a house and vehicle were on fire with threats to nearby structures. The fire was under control by 1:44 a.m. after crews responded from District 1, Kingsley Field, Klamath County Fire District 4 and Keno Fire Department.
Klamath Falls Herald and News

Monday, May 22, 2017

Fire destroys unoccupied home south of Eugene

A fire destroyed an unoccupied home south of Eugene early Monday morning. Calls reporting the fire near Bailey Hill Road and Lorane Highway came in around 2 a.m., dispatch logs show. Firefighters said the house was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The blaze took 20 minutes for fire crews to control. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
KMTR-TV Eugene

Bend ambulance service may get more expensive

People who are transported by city of Bend paramedics may see their bills increase by hundreds of dollars over the next three years. Right now, patients transported by city ambulances pay a flat fee of $928. But by 2019, people who live in the city could see their bills go up by $369, while people who live outside the city limits or in an area served by Bend’s rural fire district, could see a $1,666 increase. The city council must still approve the increases and that is expected in June. Bend hasn’t raised ambulance fees in 12 years, but the city has grown by more than 15,000 residents in that time, said Steve O’Malley, who works as the deputy chief for EMS services at the Bend Fire Department. Several other Oregon cities, including Redmond, La Pine and Eugene, currently charge about $1,800, about twice as much as the fee in Bend.
Bend Bulletin

Crews battle apartment fire in SE Portland

Firefighters battled an apartment fire in southeast Portland. Crews rushed to the Hamilton Park apartment complex on the 1900 block of Southeast 122nd avenue just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Portland Fire and Rescue said the fire started in a second-story apartment. Flames from the couch extended to the back patio of another unit. There was water damage to the unit below as well, according to fire crews. Seven adults and three children were displaced by the fire, according to Portland Fire and Rescue. The Red Cross is helping provide those affected by the fire with immediate basic needs. Firefighters have not said what caused the fire.
KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton

Corvallis 10-year-old becomes fire chief for a day

Corvallis 10-year-old Eyra Neil forgot to tell her neighbors that a fire truck would be picking her up for school on Friday. “So they kind of came running out to see what was going on,” she said with a giggle. The fourth-grader was this year’s winner of the annual essay contest put on by the Corvallis Fire Department to become fire chief for a day. Firefighters drove Eyra to Adams Elementary School, where her classmates greeted her enthusiastically. She then met Mayor Biff Traber, who encouraged the 10-year-old to email or call him with “more good ideas,” Eyra said. She won the contest with an essay about a fire prevention festival she would plan as fire chief.
Corvallis Gazette-Times

Crews respond to house fire in N. Portland

Firefighters rushed to a house fire on the 7000 block of North Williams Avenue early Saturday morning. The Red Cross said four adults and three children safely escaped the fire, but are now without a home. The Red Cross is helping the family with shelter and food in the meantime. There's no word yet from investigators on what started the fire.
KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton

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