PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Fire seriously damaged the long-time home of a Southeast Portland family early Monday morning as flames danced 20 feet high, but they all managed to escape injury.
Marion Baker told KOIN 6 News she “was upstairs asleep” when her “brother came barging through my door saying we need to evacuate because the laundry room was on fire.”
At least 20 fire engines arrived around 6:30 a.m. to the home at 2826 SE 87th Avenue. Smoke alarms went off and all 4 people in the house managed to escape.
Marion Baker has lived in the home for 19 years. Her brother, Casey, has been there 20 years and her father for 40 years.
Neighbor Scott Showalter and his roommate watched as firefighters knocked down the flames that “were billowing up towards the tree.”
Brett Dove, who lives next door, said the fire was intense.
“I came here in our backyard to move some stuff from the fence that divides our land and I couldn’t even get close enough to move anything,” Dove said.
Marion Baker said she realizes how lucky she was to get out but credits her brother for saving them.
“It’s been really kind of hard to see our childhood home go up in flames,” she said. “(Casey is) my hero, man. Because me and him, we may fight and everything, but when it comes to this I’m glad he came upstairs to wake me up. I’m very grateful to have him as my brother. I wouldn’t want any other brother.”
The Red Cross is helping the Baker family. A cause of the fire has not yet been determined.