News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: July 24th, 2017 7:20 PM
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.
Stay safe this holiday weekend.
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Oregon Department of Transportation reported that Highway 226 that connects Lyons and Scio has been closed in Lyons, between mileposts 22.33 and 25.44.
The closure is due to a large structure fire at Freres Lumber Company. ODOT officials said the road is expected to remain closed throughout the evening and overnight. Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes.