Explosion levels N. Portland home, damages 2 more

Fire erupted at 6432 N. Kerby

A 2-alarm fire and explosion leveled one house and damaged 2 others on N. Kerby in Portland, July 24, 2017 (KOIN)
A 2-alarm fire and explosion leveled one house and damaged 2 others on N. Kerby in Portland, July 24, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An explosion and subsequent 2-alarm fire erupted at a home near Peninsula Park Monday afternoon, sending 1 person to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The fire erupted at a home in Peninsula Park on July 24, 2017. (Courtesy of Andrew Callaci)
The fire erupted at a home in Peninsula Park on July 24, 2017. (Courtesy of Andrew Callaci)

The explosion occurred around 2:30 p.m. at a home located at 6432 N. Kerby and completely leveled it. The fire then destroyed a neighboring home.

A 3rd house was damaged by the fire, but fire officials were able to save it.

The person who was sent to the hospital was reportedly found in the backyard of the home where the fire originated.

Those in the other 2 affected houses were able to make it out of their homes safely.

Red Cross is helping 12 people who were displaced due to Monday’s incident.

PF&R also said a firefighter received minor injuries.

The fire erupted at a home in Peninsula Park on July 24, 2017. (Courtesy photo)
The fire erupted at a home in Peninsula Park on July 24, 2017. (Courtesy photo)

The crews had to battle the heat, downed power lines and the proximity of all the homes, but managed to knock down the flames in about 45 minutes.

PF&R later said NW Natural stopped gas flow to the home that exploded, allowing firefighters to work more aggressively.

The explosion was so large, it sent debris flying into Penisula Park. Neighbors could be seen picking up the glass.

Neighbors told KOIN 6 News the explosion could be felt for blocks.

Lisa Cooney, who lives nearby, said, “We just thought it was an earthquake. It shook our whole house. The windows started to rattle.”

Although the fire was contained relatively quickly, crews stayed on scene for hours to monitor hot spots and determine the cause of the fire.