Oregon News

Friday, February 16, 2018

One person killed in North Portland house fire

A woman was found dead at the scene of a house fire in North Portland late Thursday night. Portland Fire and Rescue responded to the fire at a home in the 8200 block of North Wabash Avenue at 11:29 p.m. When firefighters arrived on scene, they said the structure was already heavily involved in fire. They found a woman on the front porch of the residence and determined she was already dead. Crews closed a block of North Wabash Avenue for the investigation. The investigation is ongoing. The Oregon State Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy on the deceased woman.
KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

Update: Teen accused of setting Eagle Creek fire pleads guilty

The teenager who started the Eagle Creek fire issued an apology Friday "to everyone in the gorge." He admitted that he was guilty of 12 misdemeanors and received 1,920 hours of community service and five years of probation. The boy, 15, who threw fireworks into Eagle Creek Canyon, also must write apology letters to people who suffered losses in the fire, including those forced to evacuate in cities lining the Columbia River Gorge. He listened to about an hour of testimony from people affected by the fire that raged for weeks on the edge of metro Portland, including forest workers, volunteers, transportation officials and people who live in Cascade Locks.
Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com

Portland Officials say homeless camp fire spread to dock on waterfront

A fire at a homeless camp spread to a dock near West Coast Event Productions on the waterfront early Friday morning, Portland Fire and Rescue said. Crews responded to the fire in the 1400 block of Northwest Naito Parkway around 2 a.m. Fire officials say no one was hurt, but there was one report of smoke inhalation. Northwest Naito Parkway was closed for a short period of time, but reopened by 3 a.m. Firefighters had some difficulty fighting the flames due to the location, but fireboats helped them.
KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

Fire crews respond to grass fire in Grants Pass

Rural Metro Fire and Oregon Department of Forestry responded to a grass fire on the 2000-block of Ridge Rd Thursday afternoon. Crews on scene found a 1/10th of an acre fire burning in a woodcutting operation. "The fire was inside the scar of the 2013 Beacon Hill Fire, and caused quite a stir due to its highly visible location to much of downtown GP," said Rural Metro in a statement. No suspects were found at the scene, but firefighters figured out that the fire had come from an escaped burn pile. "The location has been above the fog layer and exposed to sun for several days, allowing the surface grass and brush to become very dry. Due to a lack of rain, firefighters urge caution to anyone burning piles right now. Also, burn piles should not be left unattended."
KTVL-TV Channel 10

Portland Fire officials say hit-and-run driver crashed into building, caused gas leak

A driver in a vehicle crashed into a building and a bank of gas mains early Friday morning, causing a gas leak in Northeast Portland. Portland Fire and Rescue responded to the crash in the 1400 block of Northeast Broadway at 5:38 a.m. They say the driver hit a commercial building and several gas meters before fleeing the scene. Firefighters evacuated a block around the area. Investigators believe the driver was in a white Nissan sedan. Northwest Natural is responding to the gas leak. No one was injured.
KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Millington Fire Chief Drew Solomon remembered by colleagues

Millington Fire District No. 5 Chief Drew Solomon was a man who was "passionate about fire protection service," not only for the residents he was sworn to protect, but to all of the citizens of Coos County through his cooperative efforts working with fellow firefighters in Coos County. Solomon, 61, died Feb. 10 after a valiant battle with lung cancer. "Chief Solomon was a dedicated and hard working Fire Chief who enjoyed sharing his knowledge, teaching new firefighters and always fighting for what he believed in," said a post from the North Bay Fire Department on its Facebook page. "His fingerprints will forever be on the Coos County fire service and his name, accomplishments and dedication will never be forgotten. God bless Drew, his family and the Millington Fire District. You are all in our thoughts and prayers."
The Worldlink.com

New recruiter joins Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue fire leadership team

A nationwide, longstanding drop in volunteerism across all interests has so impacted the fire service that federal grants have been awarded to boost volunteer firefighter rosters. Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue has begun its second four-year grant-funded position aimed at increasing volunteerism. Division Chief Rob Torrey started work in January at the fire district, bringing with him over 30 years of experience in the fire service. His area of responsibility is training and volunteer recruitment and retention. The grant actually covers both MCFR and the Dallesport Volunteer Fire department, said MCFR Chief Bob Palmer. Torrey has already dived into the process of streamlining training processes for new firefighters — both volunteer and paid — and making it easier for officers to use the system.
The Dalles Chronicle

Crews respond to large garage fire in Southeast Portland

A garage fire damaged a Southeast Portland home Wednesday morning, Portland Fire and Rescue said. Crews responded to the fire in the 12800 block of Southeast Claybourne Street at 9:30 a.m. As they approached the scene, they saw a column of smoke coming from the structure. When firefighters arrived, they found a fire in the garage. They took off the garage door and sprayed water into the building from outside. The garage eventually collapsed. Firefighters heard small explosions, but a Portland Fire and Rescue official think they were caused by aerosol cans or small fuel tanks. Officials say no one was inside at the time of the fire, but two dogs were rescued. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

Update: Coos Bay home that caught fire & killed two had no smoke alarms

An investigation into a fire that killed a Coos Bay couple Monday morning has determined the cause of that fire. According to Coos Bay Fire Department, combustibles placed too close to a heater caused the blaze. Fire crews say flames broke out early Monday morning near S. 19th and Idaho and the couple was found dead inside. While the fire was contained to mostly one room, the entire building was exposed to thick black smoke. "One of the things we look for during our investigation is to see if there were any working smoke alarms, and they had no smoke alarms,” said Coos Bay Fire Battalion Chief Dan Crutchfield. “It's not that there was one there that may or may not have worked; there were zero smoke alarms installed in that home."

Fire claims home in Klamath Falls

Investigators believe an electrical failure caused a residential fire that destroyed a two-story house in Klamath Falls Wednesday morning. According to Klamath County Fire District 1, an “electrical overload” was likely the cause of a fire on the 800 block of North Eighth Street. Crews were dispatched to the fire at 5:52 a.m. and were told an occupant may be inside. They confirmed the resident was out of the house and the fire resulted in no injuries to crews or civilians. Damage from the fire was estimated at $150,000, a total loss for the house. District 1 was assisted in their response by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Klamath Falls Police Department. A District 1 news release Wednesday said residents should be cautious of how they employ electrical heaters during cold weather.
Klamath Falls Herald and News

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