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Fortunately, nobody was home when this Inner Southeast house caught fire -- but much damage

DAVID F. ASHTON - After the interior of the home was compromised, crews sprayed water into the blazing structure from the outside. A thick plume of acrid smoke rose from a Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood home at 5112 S.E. Rex Street, just after 1p.m. on Hallowe'en, bringing 14 Portland Fire & Rescue units to the area.

Woodstock Fire Station 25's Truck Company was first to arrive, shortly followed by the Lents Station 11's Engine Company.

The searing flames quickly burned through electric power lines that fell and lay sparking on the ground, as firefighters made their way down the steep hillside to the blazing structure. Rooms on the lower level appeared to be completely engulfed in flames.

According to information from PP&R's Twitter account, no one was at home when the fire broke out. At 1:48 p.m., a Twitter message indicated that firefighters had been pulled from the residence's interior, due to concern about potential floor failure. The message added that flames had "caused significant damage" to the 1.5 story home.

After the fire was finally out, a PF&R Investigator was called to the scene. The results of that investigation have not been disclosed, nor has been the extent of the damage and possible cause. As of our press deadline, PF&R had failed to respond our information requests.


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