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by: COURTESY OF DICK HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHY - Portland firefighters battled a grass fire early Monday morning that damaged two Lents neighborhood houses and destroyed a detached garage. No one was injured in the fire.Portland firefighters worked fast early Monday morning to prevent a grass fire from spreading beyond two Lents-area homes.

Portland Fire and Rescue officials said firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in about 21 minutes after it damaged two houses but before it spread to a third structure.

Four engines were called to the blaze.

"With the potential for there to be up to three buildings involved, our crews were going to be very busy with firefighting efforts,” said Battalion Chief Rich Stenhouse. “A neighbor across the street went well above and beyond by waking the occupants of one of the houses that was on fire.”

Firefighters from Engine 11 in Lents were called at about 5:04 a.m. Feb. 18 to a grass fire at Southeast 104th Avenue and Mitchell Street. The fire had engulfed a detached garage and was threatening two adjacent houses.

With smoke pouring from vents in one of the houses, firefighters went into the homes. The majority of the damage was confined to the exterior of the homes and a fence, firefighters said.

Investigators are at the scene looking for the fire’s cause. Each house suffered about $5,000 damage. The detached garage was destroyed.

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