Residents safely evacuated in multi-home fire

Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters battle quickly spreading flames May 28, 2014 in NE Portland. (PF&R)
Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters battle quickly spreading flames May 28, 2014 in NE Portland. (PF&R)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A fire started inside a vacant Northeast Portland house early Wednesday morning spread to other homes before firefighters were able to put it out.

Portland Fire & Rescue crews were called to a vacant home north of Interstate 84 at NE 148th Avenue around 2:20 a.m. after a neighbor alerted the department.

The woman saw flames engulfing the house next door and extending to her own home, and even heard some of her glass windows breaking, PF&R officials said.

Portland Fire & Rescue crews successfully evacuated residents inside two burning homes May 28, 2014. (PF&R)
Portland Fire & Rescue crews successfully evacuated residents inside two burning homes May 28, 2014. (PF&R)

Once on the scene, firefighters called in an additional team to help douse the fire. At least two homes received significant damage, according to the department, but no one was injured.

PF&R investigators are still looking into how the fire began. Crews are using a dog to sniff for accelerants — anything chemicals that may indicate the fire was set on purpose. Some items have been sent for testing.

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