Residents escape North Portland house fire

PORTLAND, Ore. - Residents escaped a house fire in North Portland early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters tried to revive a cat they found inside the home, but they could not save it.

The fire started at 2210 N. Rosa Parks Way around 3:30 a.m., according to Portland Fire and Rescue spokesman Lt. Rich Chatman.

A resident woke up to a crackling sound and realized there was a fire. That person woke two others in the home and they all got out safely.

One firefighter suffered a minor leg injury and was taken to a hospital, Chatman said.

Two of the residents were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene, but they did not need to go to a hospital.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The home's smoke alarms were not working due to dead batteries.

Smoke alarm safety

Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind everyone of the following smoke alarm safety tips:

  • Seconds count! You have less than 3 minutes to escape a house fire. All homes should have working smoke alarms.
  • Install a smoke alarm inside every bedroom/sleeping area, outside every sleeping area (hallway) and on every level of your home, including basements.
  • Having a working smoke alarm cuts the risk of dying in a home fire in half.
  • More than 3 out of 5 home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms.
  • Teach children what your smoke alarm sounds like and what to do if they hear it: get out and crawl low under smoke.
  • Contact PF&R's smoke alarm hotline at 503-823-3752 for more information about how to get smoke alarms for your home.