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Firefighters battle two Friday house fires

Portland firefighters responded to two house fires Friday night.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, the first call came in at 8:45 p.m. on May 24. Engine 24 from the Overlook/Swan Island station arrived at 5625 N. Denver Ave. three minutes later and found smoke coming from the front door and basement of a one story house.

Fire crews entered the house and found the fire in a room in the basement and extinguished it. Firefighters also searched the basement and house for possible occupants.

The fire was under control at 9:06 p.m. There were no injuries reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The value of the house and contents was determined as $179,000 with a damage estimate of $40,000.

Later that evening at 10:35 p.m., firefighters responded to a second house fire at 3445 N.E. Peerless Place. Engine 28 from the Rose City/Hollywood station arrived four minutes later and found fire coming out of the back of the house on the first floor.

Fire crews entered the first floor and began extinguishing the fire. They then noticed a 3 foot by 2 foot hole in the floor with fire in the basement.

More firefighters were sent to extinguish the fire in the basement while firefighters were advised to avoid the hole in the floor. At the same time, fire crews searched the home for possible occupants. An extra fire truck was called to assist the fire crews due to the extent of the fire and the size of the house.

The fire was brought under control at 11:02 p.m. There were no reported injuries.

The cause of the fire has been determined to be an electrical malfunction and damage estimates are $50,000. The home's value is estimated at $500,000.