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Posted on: October 27, 2021

Portland Fire Responds to Fast Moving Fire

national fire prevention month

On Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 2:45 a.m, Portland Firefighters responded to 80 Sherwood Street for a reported large fire on the side of a building. Engine Company 11, responding from their Ocean Avenue firehouse, arrived at 2:51 a.m. and found heavy fire conditions on the exterior porch of a 2 ½ story single family house. Fire crews aggressively knocked down the heavy fire conditions on the porch and began interior searches for victims and fire extension. All searches for victims were negative and crews discovered that the fire had extended into the first and second floors of the home. Firefighters opened up walls and the roof to ensure that all visible fire was extinguished. Deputy Chief Shawn Neat placed the fire “under control” around 4:00 a.m. and Portland Firefighters cleared the scene around 5:30 a.m. 

At the time of the fire, four occupants were sleeping inside their home and they were alerted by their smoke alarms. This early notification allowed all four family members to escape their home safely. “The presence of working smoke alarms absolutely played a key role in ensuring the occupants were able to safely escape this morning's fire,” stated Portland Fire Chief Keith Gautreau. “Without that early notification, this fire could have had a much more tragic outcome,” added Chief Gautreau.  

The fire is currently under investigation by the Portland Fire Departments Fire Investigation Team which is standard practice.

October is National Fire Prevention Month and Portland Fire Officials want to take this opportunity to stress the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides the following tips regarding smoke alarms: 

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
  • When you change your clocks, remember to change smoke alarm batteries.

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