Firefighters entering the home encountered no smoke or fire--they advanced hose lines upstairs in search of the fire. Crews confirmed the exit of the resident and one of the dogs but learned that another dog, a puppy, remained inside.
Concurrently, ladders were placed on the exterior of the home and crews climbed to the roof where they cut ventilation holes allowing trapped smoke to escape from the attic of the home. This process, known as vertical ventilation, limits the spread of fire and increases visibility for crews operating inside of the home.
Crews working on the second floor discovered fire between the roof and the ceiling--they too began making holes to access the fire--which was quickly brought under control.
Firefighters conducting the primary search were alerted to the missing puppy and focused efforts on the rescue. A short time later rescuers discovered the puppy alive and carried it to safety.
The fire was recalled without any injuries to firefighters, civilians, or animals.
Fire cause and damage estimates are pending investigation.
Portland Fire & Rescue understands that pets are a part of the family. Although exiting a burning home while pets remain unaccounted for can be a difficult decision--it is the only right one. Firefighters are trained and equipped to operate in smoke and fire conditions and focus on rescuing humans before anything else on a fire scene. Once all humans are confirmed safe, firefighters can shift there focus to saving animals. Often animals escape in advance of their owners or are discovered safely within an uninvolved area of the home--as was the case this evening.