Two people jump from upstairs window, 2 more rescued from house fire in Portland

Fire officials say a couple of pets inside the home did not survive.
Officials said four people were upstairs when the fire began.
Published: May. 31, 2023 at 5:37 PM CDT|Updated: May. 31, 2023 at 10:57 PM CDT
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PORTLAND, Tenn. (WSMV) - Two people jumped from an upstairs window and two others were rescued by firefighters during a house fire in Portland, according to the Portland Fire Department.

The house fire began sometime in the afternoon in the 100 block of Demase Street, fire officials said. Four people were trapped in the upstairs area of the home.

PFD said two people jumped from an upstairs window to escape the fire while two other people were rescued by firefighters when crews arrived at the scene. Fire crews were able to contain the fire in the upstairs area.

“We were met with fire at the stairwell. Once we were able to extinguish that we were able to get over to the victims from the inside as well,” said Lt. Derek Drilling, with the Portland Fire Department.

Drilling said this house fire was the first rescue this crew conducted together in the past year. He credits their recent rescue training for quickly getting the two people out of the house and containing the fire quickly.

“We actually went over victim rescue the shift before last, so it was fresh in our minds and we were able to make quick work of it. The team did great work,” said Drilling.

All four victims were taken to the hospital to be checked out, and their condition is unknown at this time. Fire officials said a couple of pets inside the home did not survive.