Southeast Portland

Firefighters say SE Portland house fire caused by hash oil production

Firefighters say SE Portland house fire caused by hash oil production
Portland firefighters battle a house fire on Southeast Lambert Street Thursday morning they say was caused by the production of hash oil. (Photo: Dick Harris/Portland Fire & Rescue)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Firefighters say they think that the production of hash oil caused a house fire Thursday morning in Southeast Portland.

Smoke billowed from the home at 8109 S.E. Lambert Street just before 11 a.m. and firefighters were greeted with heavy smoke and flames, they said.

One man who was at the home made it out, but he suffered some burns. Firefighters said they didn't have any information about the extent of those injuries. The man was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center's burn center.

The fire was heaviest in the basement and that's where firefighters said they found drug-making materials. They called in Portland Fire Bureau's hazmat team as well as the Portland Police Bureau's drugs and vice investigators to help investigate.

Police removed remnants of marijuana from the owner who had an expired medical marijuana license, the fire bureau said.

Firefighters said in addition to fighting the fire, they encountered other hazards, including low power lines around the home and trees they feared could catch on fire and spread the fire to other houses.

One firefighter was injured while fighting the blaze. He suffered a puncture wound to one of his knees while he searched the home for possible victims. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and then was released.

Firefighters have not decided yet whether the homeowner will face any charges.

Portland firefighters posted this video to their Facebook page: