PORTLAND, OR (COINE) – A large tree blown down by strong winds damaged an Oregon home and pinned a resident to a chair Thursday, officials said.
Portland Fire Rescue was dispatched to a Southeast Portland home shortly before 12:30 p.m., but crews were temporarily held up after encountering another downed tree on the way, which prevented the engine from moving forward.
After calling for backup and redirecting the engine, firefighters say they arrived at the home to find a tree blocking the front door. Crews eventually made it through the back entrance to find the man pinned against their chair by a tree.
Responding crews were able to free and safely remove the resident from the home with only minor injuries, the department said.
Photos shared by Portland Fire and Rescue showed a large portion of the fallen tree as it came to rest in one of the home’s rooms, directly above a chair littered with debris.
Portland Fire and Rescue officials said Friday that they also responded to reports of multiple fires, downed trees and emergencies in the past 24 hours.
They also advised residents not to leave their homes during bad weather.
“We urge you to take cover where you are and use caution if you need to leave,” the department wrote on Facebook, “But rest assured, we will be there for you when you need us. Be safe Portland.”