Sunday, July 2, 2017

Clackamas Fire District #1 crews stay busy this weekend (Photo)


News Release from Clackamas Fire Dist. #1
Posted on FlashAlert: July 2nd, 2017 10:56 PM
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As summer reaches into July your Clackamas Firefighters are staying busy with water rescues, structure fires, car accidents, and other disasters. Multiple incidents kept Clackamas Firefighters busy this weekend from all reaches of the Fire District.

This morning Clackamas Firefighters responded to a structure fire on SE Lee Ave in Oak Grove. Crews arrived in 4 minutes and found fire burning through the roof of the house. Due to the large amount of clutter inside and heavy fire involvement making the building unstable, fire was fought from the outside. Neighbors reported an explosion in the area approximately 20 minutes prior to seeing flames coming from the house. The house was boarded up at the time of the fire and according to neighbors, nobody was living in the house. No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported and the fire cause is under investigation through Clackamas Fire Investigators. Gladstone Fire Department also assisted on the fire.

Later in the day crews from Damascus received report of a single vehicle accident into a backyard along Hwy 212 near Rust Rd. On arrival crews found a truck in an unstable position resting on a hill next to a line of arborvitae trees. The truck was stabilized by first arriving Clackamas Fire crews and Clackamas Fire Truck 308 was called in for more specialized stabilization equipment. The patient did not sustain any injuries from the accident and was released on scene. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office assisted with the incident.

As Clackamas Fire crews were wrapping up the accident on Hwy 212 citizens from the Damascus community alerted responders to a water rupture approximately 100 yards down the highway. When crews arrived, they found a 75-foot section of west bound Hwy 212 buckled from a main water line break. With the significant amount of water coming from the broken pipe Hwy 212 was closed from Wiese Rd to Foster Rd, creating a significant back-up in the Damascus area. Crews were on scene for several hours while Sunrise Water Authority shut down the main water lines and evaluated the situation. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and ODOT assisted with crowd and traffic control. It is unknown the extent of damage or the length of repair time to the road.

Clackamas Fire District #1 would like to wish our communities a safe Independence Day and encourage everyone to be fire safe this holiday and summer season.
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