Crews have busy 4th of July responding to house fires


A two-alarm fire in Troutdale left family members rushing to escape their burning home Tuesday morning.

Firefighters arrived at the residence in the 500 block of Southeast 10th Street around 10:30 a.m.

According to fire officials at the scene, the fire appeared to have started on the back side of the home, possibly on a back deck, before spreading inside and eventually going through the roof.

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“Once the fire got up into the attic, we were making an interior fire attack and the fire came up through the roof and then we had fire above the firefighters, so we had to back everybody out,” Gresham Fire Battalion Chief Mike Traeger said.At the peak of the fire, 40-50 firefighters were involved with the effort, and the crews were able to get the fire under control in about 30 minutes.

There were no injuries reported at the scene, and fire officials said the residents were able to evacuate the home safely. The house saw extensive damage, though there was no damage to neighboring homes.

Shortly after this house fire was under control, many of the crews were called to assist another fire, this time in Boring.

Investigators believe the fire in Boring started on the roof of a home in the 9000 block of Southeast 302nd Lane then spread into the structure of the residence.

Crews from Clackamas Fire, Sandy Fire, Gresham Fire, Colton Fire and Estacada Fire all responded to the scene and brought the fire under control in a bit over an hour. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Firefighters saved a dog from the home and used a pet resuscitation device to provide oxygen to the animal. No other injuries were reported.

Firefighters are typically busy on the 4th of July, and this year the holiday featured warm, dry conditions, and a week of dry weather leading up to it.

Treager said fireworks are a common cause of fires, both on the holiday and the days surrounding it.

The cause of the Troutdale fire is under investigation, Traeger added.

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