Crews battle hoarded clutter in Portland fire

Crews battle hoarded clutter in Portland fire

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Posted on December 27, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 27 at 11:00 AM

PORTLAND -- Crews were forced to battle a blaze from the outside of a North Portland home due to dangerous hoarding conditions inside the home, fire officials said.

Firefighters were called early Thursday morning to the report of a fire in a vacant home in the 8300 block of North Chautauqua Boulevard, according to Lt. Damon Simmons of Portland Fire & Rescue.

Heavy smoke was coming from the front and back of the home when crews arrived.

"Firefighters entered and began searching for the fire, but they quickly encountered conditions consistent with hoarding," Simmons said. "Firefighters had to fight through significant clutter while trying to locate the fire. The fire was found in the basement, on the first floor and in the attic."

Because the conditions were dangerous inside and the home was vacant, crews moved to the outside. The fire was mostly extinguished by 9 a.m. but firefighters expected to remain at the scene for most of the day to help with the investigation.

There were no reports of injuries.

"Portland Fire & Rescue reminds residents that resources are available and should be utilized if you or someone you know suffers from Compulsive Hoarding Syndrome," Simmons said. "Hoarding can lead to the increased likelihood of fires as combustible items have a greater chance of contacting heat sources."

Call 211 for the Community Resource Database, text your zip code to 898211, or click here for more information.

The Mental Health Crisis Line is also available at (503) 988-4888.

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