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The major portion of the investigation into the cause of the Kerby explosion is complete. Investigators have determined that the explosion occurred when a large concentration of butane came into contact with an ignition source. The concentration of butane was created by the homeowner while he was attempting to produce butane hash oil. The ignition source has not been determined.
The State Medical Examiner has identified the victims as Matthew McCrann and Richard Cisler.
This was a very labor intensive investigation it couldn't have been completed so quickly without the help of our partners representing the ATF, PPB, OSP and Gresham Fire.
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Yesterday firefighters found a second victim while searching at the site of the explosion, the person was deceased. The victim who was transported to the hospital yesterday has also died. The identities of the two deceased individuals are not being released at this time. The investigation will continue today, PF&R Investigators will be assisted by Investigators from PPB, Gresham Fire the ATF and OSP.
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Portland Fire & Rescue responds to it's second 2-Alarm fire in as many days. When fire crews were dispatched to a residential fire (6214 N. Kerby) at 2:29 pm. initial reports stated that there were explosions prior to the fire. Firefighters arrived to find a home that was destroyed by an explosion with neighboring homes damaged and on fire. Incident Commanders quickly called for a more units to respond (2nd Alarm) to limit the damage. One patient was transported to the hospital with potentially life threatening injuries. The cause of the incident is under investigation.
This fire presented many challenges for the firefighters. Rapid fire spread, a damaged natural gas line, hot weather, down power lines, and multiple houses affected at the same time. Fire crews continue to search through the debris for any additional victims and investigators are on scene working to determine exactly what happened. This release will be updated as information comes in.