Officials: vacant house in northeast Portland catches fire, igniting neighboring house

By KPTV staff

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Portland, Oregon (KPTV– The rapid spread of a house fire in northeast Portland nearly caught a nearby house on fire, according to Portland Fire & Rescue.

Crews were first dispatched to the residential fire in the 5800 block of 72nd Avenue NE shortly before 11 p.m., officials said. When firefighters arrived, they discovered fire and smoke coming from all sides of a house later determined to be vacant.

Due to the extent of the spread, crews quickly noticed that a nearby house was starting to catch fire, prompting the order to call a second fire alarm.

Additional support arrived to contain the spread of the fire as the first crew extinguished the initial home blaze.

Portland Fire said Monday the blaze was under control by 11:30 p.m., although the engines did not leave the scene until around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Teams from Portland Fire & Rescue have already been dispatched to the same residential location on Saturday night where one person was found behind the house with a “warming fire.”

Authorities have confirmed that no injuries were reported in the occupied neighboring house. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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