House fire and downed power line close street in northeast Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. – A house fire and downed power line in the 5000 block of Northeast Alberta Court caused officials to close the road Friday morning.
Portland Fire and Rescue responded to the fire around 2:24 a.m. at Northeast 52nd Avenue and Northeast Alberta Court.
When crews arrived, they discovered a fully-involved house fire. The four people inside the home made it out before firefighters made it to the scene.
The fire was spreading to a neighboring house on the east side of the burning building.
Fire officials say the flames burned through a nearby power line and the cable was draped across a metal fence, possibly energizing it.
The fire also ruptured a gas meter and it was spewing flames.
The power line and gas meter both slowed the firefighters' efforts to extinguish the flames.
When NW Natural arrived at the scene, they cut the gas flow to the house. PPL Electric Utilities de-energized the power line.
The American Red Cross said it's assisting four adults and two pets after the fire.
The Red Cross will provide them with resources to address their immediate needs including temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services and health and mental health services.
The cause of the fire is under investigation