Category Archives: Local Fires

Dozens Of People Displaced After Hotel Alder Fire

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From PORTLAND, Ore. – About 45 people stayed at a Red Cross shelter in Portland after they were displaced due to a fire at Hotel Alder Wednesday afternoon.

Portland Fire and Rescue tweeted just before 4 p.m. that the fire was under control. One person suffered an unknown medical condition.

The fire started at the Hotel Alder, located near Southwest 4th Avenue and Alder Street, just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to Portland Fire & Rescue. The fire was on multiple floors of the building.

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Fire damages Miller’s Homestead Restaurant

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TUALATIN, Ore. (KOIN)– A fire at Miller’s Homestead Restaurant is under investigation.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews say a passerby saw “billowing” smoke coming from the roof of Miller’s Homestead Restaurant on McEwan Road around 11:50 p.m. Sunday and called 911.

It appeared firefighters were getting the upper hand on the fire when conditions rapidly changed. About 15 minutes after interior firefighting started, “we had to withdraw crews from the structure due to an extreme electrical hazard,” Battalion Chief Dan Griffin said.

Just before 1 a.m. on Monday, the fire was declared under control.

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Massive Fire Destroys Boat Storage Facility In Jantzen Beach

News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: February 29th, 2016 2:25 AM

Portland Fire and Rescue responded to a commercial alarm at around 10:30 Sunday night at 570 NE Tomahawk Island Dr. This fire was rapidly upgraded to a 2nd and 3rd alarm and eventually a 4th alarm. This is the Sundance Marina which dry docks boats inside a warehouse in a stacked system. At the time of the fire there were around 350 boats inside. Due to the size of the structure and the heavy fire involvement a “defensive” fire attack was employed. This involved the use of aerial Trucks to place water into the structure from an elevated position.

Early into the fire, crews were able to safely assist the owner in removing files and other essential information from inside the office. Due to this location being at the end of a small island, water supply from hydrants was not adequate. Three separate fire boats were used to supply water from the river to the land based units. At least one boat hit the fire from the water as well.

About two hours into the fire, parts of the structure began to collapse and a 4th alarm was called. Well over 100 fire personnel from both PF&R and Vancouver Fire were working at this fire. A US Coast Guard representative was called to advise for potential water related hazards.

At the time of this release there is still active fire smoldering inside the collapsed structure. Crews will be on scene for a while monitoring the scene.

Fire investigators are on scene and will be working on a cause. A dollar loss has not been established.

UPDATE: Portland Fire & Rescue’s Arson Squad has turned the site over to the owner of the Marina and his insurance representative. Fire investigators at this time have no reason to suspect that this is an intentionally set fire. The investigation is still ongoing. All insurance inquiries regarding contents should be directed to the Marina owner’s insurance representative. 


TVF&R fights fires in King City and Beaverton early Sunday

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Eleven people were displaced from a King City Apartment and several Beaverton businesses were damaged in two early Sunday fires battled by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

No one was injured in either fire.

In the first incident, firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the Riverwood Heights Apartments in the 12000 block of S.W. Fischer Road in King City just after midnight on Feb. 14. The manual alarm was pulled by a tenant who spotted a third-story balcony engulfed in flames.

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Dog helps save Damascus family from fire

A family’s home is badly damaged after a fire broke out late Thursday morning in Damascus. But the family who lives there is fine, thanks to a brave boy and his dog.

Aiden Whatford, 13, says it all started around 11 a.m. Thursday, when Jax, the family dog, began barking and wouldn’t stop.

When Aiden came and looked out the front window, he could see smoke and flames pouring from the family’s attic.

“The outline of the door was orange, and so was the window,” he said. “So I knew it was a fire right away, before the smoke came in.”

“It’s a fire. Am I going to make it out of here?” His mind was racing. “But the first thing that went through my head was, ‘I need to get Karen.'”

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Field fire near Salem contained; residents return home

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said a fast-moving fire was knocked down Tuesday afternoon after several residents were ordered to evacuate their homes.

Six structures were threatened by the fire southeast of Salem, the Marion County Fire Facebook page said. Another 20 structures were indirectly threatened.

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