Three People Transported to Hospital After Morning House Fire

Clackamas Fire Dist. #1

At 7:22 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to a report of a residential fire in the 6400 block of Fern St. in Portland.  While responding, a large column of black smoke was visible and the response was upgraded to full first alarm to get more resources on scene.  Upon arrival, crews were met with a single family home that had heavy fire involvement and a large amount of thick black smoke.  Firefighters quickly when to work to extinguish the fire, ventilate the structure and search the building to ensure everyone was out. The search was completed and determined that everyone had made it out safely. To search this house, firefighters used a technique known as Vent Enter Search, where they enter the rooms that are not directly impacted by the fire and have the highest chance of survivability. Often and in this case, the firefighters are entering the building without the protection of a hose line.  This is a high risk technique that is used to quickly search rooms where it is most likely that an occupant would be located.

Two occupants of the home and a neighbor were transported to area hospitals for medical evaluation as a result of being exposed to smoke.  Fire Investigators are on scene and will be working to determine what caused the fire and where it started. 

Clackamas Fire would like to remind our community that having a working smoke alarm provides early notification to a fire and allows people a greater chance to get out of the building unharmed.