Two firefighters resting after portion of home collapses on them in SE Portland fire
PORTLAND, Ore. —
Two firefighters are recovering in the hospital Saturday night after part of a burning Southeast Portland home collapsed on top of them while they were searching for anyone who may have been trapped inside.
It happened close to 5 a.m. on SE 89th Avenue near Division.
Firefighters showed up and found flames shooting out of the garage.
They thought someone may have been trapped inside the home, so two firefighters rushed in to search.
That's when the first floor collapsed, burying those firefighters in burning rubble.
Arriving crews worked to free the firefighters.
Both were hurt and had to be taken to the hospital. They suffered only minor injuries and are expected to be okay.
Authorities later figured out that no one was in the home at the time of the fire, but say the option to search for possible victims is an easy one.
“Especially when a fire comes in the early morning or late evening hours that increases our… our thought process that, ‘hey maybe there is someone inside, maybe someone's asleep,’" said Lt. Tommy Schroeder of Portland Fire & Rescue.
Division Street was closed between 87th and 92nd for several hours while crews mopped up the fire.
Neighbors say this house was just put up for sale.
“I came out on the porch and that's when I saw the garage is burnt, the house, and they just got through putting it up for sale,” says neighbor Judy Drain.
Investigators are still trying to figure out the cause of the fire and how much damages are.