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One house bursts into flames, in Brentwood-Darlington -- and sets its neighbor ablaze

DAVID F. ASHTON - Keeping a fire watch on the house where the fire started (the one on the right), firefighters made sure the blaze didnt rekindle. Vehicles, trash, and other materials added to the difficulty of extinguishing the intense fire. When fire broke out at a Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood house on September 4, dispatched to Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) stations at 12:36 a.m., the arriving firefighters found a home at 5950 S.E. Harney Street to be "fully involved" in fire.

Crews had a difficult time accessing the fire, which appeared to have started in or near the attached garage, because the driveway was filled with vehicles and trash.

The fire burned so hot and fast that it also ignited a corner of the adjacent house to the south, at 8411 S.E. 60th Avenue. PF&R spokesperson Lt. Rich Chatman told reporters, "This is a danger when structures are built close to one another."

Fire personnel were at the scene throughout the night, snuffing out hot spots. "There is so much stuff in the 'burn house,' it's difficult to extinguish all of the embers," a firefighter remarked to THE BEE early the next morning.

According to Portland Bureau of Development Services records, the originating house that burned had been the subject of several complaints, starting in April of 2016, including "trash, debris, and garbage in front of property"; and the Fire Bureau was last at the property on August 26 of this year.

The house at which the fire originated appeared pretty much destroyed; the adjacent home received substantial damage, also. Two families were displaced due to the fire.

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