Portland fire fighters barely avoid eruption of flames

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Fire fighters fought flames and freezing temperatures at this SW Portland home on Idaho Street.


by Michael Rollins

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Posted on November 24, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 24 at 2:13 PM

PORTLAND -- Fire fighters narrowly avoided a dangerous, instant eruption of massive flames after responding to a house fire in Southwest Portland.

Flames were reported coming from the rear of a home at 55525 SW Idaho St., about 6:40 a.m. and crews rolled up to the home five minutes later, said Portland Fire Bureau spokesman Paul Corah.

Arriving crews saw flames coming from the front and back of the home.

As fire fighters began pulling hose, what is called a flashover occurred on the main floor. It's when everything that's combustible ignites at once, Corah said.

"Firefighters are extremely fortunate today that the flashover occurred seconds before they entered this burning home," he said. "Although firefighters are trained to recognize the signs of a flashover, it is an ever present threat that they accept as being part of the job of protecting life and property."

The fire was declared under control at 7:13 a.m.

Two people in the home were able to escape with a dog, he said.

Like crews that responded to a five overnight in Milwaukie, the Portland fire fighters were challenged with temperatures in the teens.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.