Fire truck loses wheel on way to hash fire

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A fire likely caused by the production of hash oil damaged a Southeast Portland house Thursday, injuring one resident and one firefighter.

On the way to the fire, one of the fire trucks lost a front wheel.

Portland Ladder Truck 7 lost a wheel on its way to a Southeast Portland fire, Feb. 27, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Portland Ladder Truck 7 lost a wheel on its way to a Southeast Portland fire, Feb. 27, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

The blaze was called in by a neighbor at 10:41 a.m. at 8109 SE Lambert St. The first crews saw heavy flames and possible electrical dangers.

By 11:30 a.m., the fire was put out, but firefighters were forced to pull out of the home after finding possible drug activity in the basement. A hazmat team was called in and found hash oil being produced. The home’s owner had an expired medical marijuana card, authorities said.

That person was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with minor injuries, Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman Lt. Rich Chatman said.

No charges have yet been filed in the case, officials said.

A firefighter suffered a puncture wound to his knee. He was treated and released at an area hospital.

Ladder Truck 7 lost a wheel while heading to the fire. It’s unclear at this time what caused the wheel to fall off the 65,000 pound truck. The driver maintained control and no one on the truck was hurt, nor were any motorists.

It’s not known at this time what caused the wheel to fall off, but Fire Chief Erin Janssens ordered an immediate inspection of all similar fire trucks.

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