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Firefighters overcome 'extreme clutter' in house fire

by: DICK HARRIS/PF&R - Fierfighters battle flames at early Thursday house fire.Extreme clutter inside a burning house hampered the search for potential victims early Thursday morning, according to Portland Fire and Rescue.

All six residents and their pets were safe, however. The American Red Cross was called to the scene to find shelter arrangements for four of the residents.

Firefighters were called at 3:52 a.m. on March 27 to a house fire at 720 N.E. 91st Ave., where they found fire and smoke pouring our of the building. Six residents and their pets had fled the home without injury.

Firefighters dealt with "extreme clutter" on the first floor of the home, making it difficult to locate the fire and confirm that there were no victims, according to Portland Fire and Rescue. With low visibility and several obstacles, crews had to find alternate means to locate and extinguish the fire.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire. No estimate of the damage has been released.