A home on Johnson Creek Blvd, just improved, is damaged in a deck fire in the early morning hours

DAVID F. ASHTON - After the fire is extinguished, a Clackamas Fire District #1 Fire Investigator talks with a firefighter about the blaze at this residence - just a block past the Multnomah County line. Officials say the cause of this fire was improperly discarded smoking materials on the back deck of the home [inset]. When unobserved smoke rising behind a house at 7831 S.E. Johnson Creek Boulevard flared into a fire in the pre-dawn hours of April 30, passers-by reported it, and Clackamas Fire District #1 was dispatched to the blaze at 5 a.m.

As the sun came up, a friend of the resident family remarked to THE BEE at the scene that he believed the fire had started on the deck, gone up the back of the house, and inside the attic and second floor. "It's too bad; the residents just finished renovating the home; it was really run down, and they fully restored it."

Later that morning, an official report on the fire was released by Clackamas Fire District #1.

"Upon their arrival, crews reported heavy black smoke coming from the home, and found that an exterior fire had spread to the attic and a second floor bedroom," confirmed Clackamas Fire Public Information Officer Tammy Owen.

"The crews quickly went to work, bringing the fire under control within fifteen minutes of their arrival," said Owen. "Fire investigators determined the cause of the fire to be improperly discarded smoking materials."

No injuries were reported; "But, sadly, two people are displaced," Owen acknowledged.

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