CHRISTIAN BREAKING NEWS: Word & Spirit Church, Portland, Oregon | 3-Alarm Church Fire Kills 2 Females in their Mid-70s Residing in an Apartment on the Second Floor [#WSCPortland #ChurchFire]
A 3-alarm fire at a Northeast Portland church early Sunday killed 2 ladies who lived in an apartment on the second floor.
The victims’ names were not immediately published. Nobody else was wounded.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
According to Portland Fire & Rescue, at 4:05 AM PT on Jan. 14, firefighters got a call from a Northeast Portland homeowner reporting that their house and the World & Spirit Church adjacent to it were both on fire.
The caller stated that there may be persons in an apartment on the second level of the church that housed members.
At 4:12 AM PT, the first team arrived at Northeast Stanton Street and 62nd Avenue to find both structures on fire.
Because there may be victims on the second level of the church, firemen entered the first floor to try a rescue.
They were unable to reach the inside stairs due to heavy fire, so they changed tactics and attempted to get entrance through a window on the second level from the outside.
According to PF&R, the roof partially collapsed while one team was on the second level and another on the first story.
At 4:26 PM, the Incident Commander issued an order to evacuate the building owing to the intense fire conditions.
According to PF&R, all workers were instructed to battle the fire from the outside until conditions improved.
This entailed setting up big streams of water on our aerial ladders and attempting to contain the fire from both below and above.
While putting out the church fire with the majority of their efforts, personnel also concentrated on the house fire next door.
Their efforts and timely responses prevented the fire from burning the home.
The family was able to safely flee the home, and no injuries were recorded.
Crews were able to contain both flames by 5:50 AM PT.
Fire investigators came to the area and began gathering information.
They confirmed that 2 females in their mid-70s died inside the church.
PF&R would like to thank TriMet, PPL, AMR, and the Portland Water Bureau for their help throughout this lengthy and difficult incident.
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