Thursday, July 13, 2017

Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to a 3rd Alarm Fire. (5665 NE Glisan)


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: July 13th, 2017 4:26 PM
This morning at 6:44 AM Portland Firefighters were dispatched to an apartment fire at 5665 NE Glisan. On arrival firefighters noted heavy smoke and fire billowing from several windows on the first and second floor. As crews began forcing entry into the first floor one man jumped from a second floor window. The man suffered injuries to his legs. Fire crews rescued a man and a woman from a window using ground ladders, they both suffered from smoke inhalation.

The three injured people were treated and transported to Providence Portland Medical Center. Non of the victims suffered injuries that appear to be life threatening. Approximately 14 adults have been displaced by this fire and they will be receiving assistance from the Red Cross.

This was a difficult fire to fight and firefighters were hindered by several issues. The first was the immediate need to rescue victims. The second difficulty was the fact that when firefighters arrived the fire was already burning on the first and second floors, in the attic and in the basement. Fire crews also had to contend with flames threatening to take power lines down.

Firefighters eventually gained the upper hand and extinguished the fire. Portland Fire Investigators worked though the morning and initial findings indicate that this fire's cause was electrical. Investigators will have to do additional testing to pinpoint the exact cause of the electrical failure.
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