Two overnight house fires keep crews busy

Crews battle a blaze at a home on Southeast Alder Street on Wednesday, March 6, 2014. It was one of two house fires that broke out minutes apart in east Portland. (Portland Fire & Rescue)
Crews battle a blaze at a home on Southeast Alder Street on Wednesday, March 6, 2014. It was one of two house fires that broke out minutes apart in east Portland. (Portland Fire & Rescue)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Firefighters were stretched thin between two house fires that broke out within minutes of each other in east Portland early Wednesday morning.

The first fire was reported at 1:14 a.m. at 15908 SE Alder St., and the second call came in at 1:19 a.m. from 4532 NE Mallory Ave.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R), crews arrived at the Alder Street fire to find a one-and-a-half story home fully involved, with heavy winds helping to spread the flames. After knocking down the fire, they searched the home and found no one inside.

In the Mallory Street blaze, crews found smoke and fire coming from a bedroom in a cluttered one-and-a-half story home. There were three residents at home at the time. They made it out safely, but one had to be taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with fire-related injuries.

Fire investigators are currently at both homes working to determine their causes. A financial estimate of the damage to each structure was not immediately confirmed.

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