Basement fire extends to attic of SE Portland home, cause under investigation

Published: Feb. 22, 2022 at 7:57 AM PST
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PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) - Portland Fire & Rescue crews battled a house fire in the Mill Park neighborhood early Tuesday morning.

Just before 5 a.m., crews were called out to a fire in the 12600 block of Southeast Salmon Court. PF&R said the fire appears to have started in the basement and extended up into the attic space.

“This was a basement fire that extended through the first floor and then to the second floor and also some of the attic,” said PF&R Battalion Chief Dan Buckner.

PF&R said it took some time to get the fire under control as it was difficult for crews to reach the basement. Crews were seen cutting out “hot spots” in the wall of the home.

No one was inside the home when crews arrived to the scene, and no injuries have been reported.

Buckner told FOX 12 that neighbors indicated the home was vacant, but said they often see houseless people coming and going from it.

Buckner said they have been in touch with the owner of the home, who is living overseas, to notify them about the fire.

An investigator has responded to the scene to determine the cause.