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UPDATE: Firefighters were searching for more victims in the latest blaze Friday afternoon

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - The scene of a Friday morning house fire in Southeast Portland.One person died and another was rescued in two of three fires in Portland on Friday.

The name of the victim was not immediately released. No firefighters were injured.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, one person was rescued and they were searching for additional victims in a fire that started in the afternoon of Dec. 3 in a one-story building near Southeast 47th Avenue and Clinton Street.

Earlier, at 2:40 a.m., firefighters responded to a fire in an apartment at 8550 N. Argyle Way near Kenton Park. An occupant was taken by ambulance to a hospital with critical injuries, but died.

Crews were able to extinguish the fire in about 30 minutes. The cause was not immediately announced.

Several hours later, crews responded to a house fire in the 2800 block of Southeast 87th Avenue. Heavy fire was coming out of the second floor roof when they arrived. After firefighters entered the house to fight the blaze, the roof partially collapsed, forcing them to evacuate. The decision was made to let the roof completely collapse to fight the fire with ladder trucks.

"We had reports from neighbors there had been years of transient activity in this house," said PF&R spokesman Lt. Laurent Picard. "It's a hoarder house, which makes it extraordinarily dangerous for firefighters to operate inside."

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story.


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