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Photo Credit: DICK HARRIS/PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE - This house at 9119 Southeast Lincoln St. was destroyed by fire Monday.Three people are displaced from their home near Harrison Park after it caught fire early Monday morning.


Firefighters said everyone in the home, at Southeast 91st and Southeast Lincoln Street, was able to safely evacuate.

Portland Fire & Rescue officials said the electrical fire started in the house’s porch light, then spread to the inside of the home on the second floor, causing $120,000 in damage. One person inside the home said he was woken up by the crackling sound of the fire, and that smoke detectors were operating properly.

A Portland Police Bureau (PPB) said the house was a legal grow site, but the operation is considered illegal because under the state’s medical marijuana program, the growers had too many plants.

Ninety plants were seized from the home, and the case will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office, police said.

The three residents are staying with friends and will not need help from the American Red Cross, officials said.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the home to catch fire.

Portland Fire and Rescue spokesperson Tommy Schroeder said the fire was reported at 4:08 a.m.

A man driving to work told KOIN 6 News that he saw the flames, stopped his SUV and started making sure everyone was safely outside.

Heavy flames were seen coming from the second floor window when firefighters arrived. Schroeder said there was an attached greenhouse to the structure of the home. He said that presented a few challenges because they treated the greenhouse as an additional exposure and fire hazard.

Firefighters poured water on the flames and eventually started cutting holes in the roof to let out the flame and smoke.

The fire was deemed under control at 4:44 a.m.

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