UPDATE: Fire likely caused by cigarettes

by: CLACKAMAS FIRE DISTRICT NO. 1 - Crews from Clackamas Fire District No. 1 rescue pets from a Saturday fire at 13608 S.E. 97th in Clackamas.Fire crews from Clackamas, Portland and Gladstone all responded to an apartment-complex fire causing an estimated $300,000 in damage at 13608 S.E. 97th in Clackamas on Saturday.

The cause of the fire remained undetermined after an investigation this week, but Clackamas Fire District No. 1 officials say most likely cause was improperly discarded cigarettes by apartment tenants.

The first calls into 911 came at 11:41 a.m. on Dec. 15, and reported "intense flames and smoke from the exterior deck on the second floor."

Firefighters arrived to see people throwing wrapped Christmas gifts out the second-floor staircase. Due to the extreme danger of the three-story, 12-unit apartment structure, firefighters called for a second-alarm response.

by: CLACKAMAS FIRE DISTRICT NO. 1 - Clackamas Fire District No. 1 crews battle a fire Saturday by providing vertical ventilation on the roof of Crown Court Apartments, a three-story complex in Clackamas.Even though the heavy smoke could be seen from the Clackamas Town Center over a mile away, the blaze was contained and controlled in 20 minutes, and no injuries were reported to civilians or first responders.

Several dogs were safely rescued by firefighters during the incident, and passed off to grateful owners waiting in the cold rain. Red Cross was requested to assist the 14 individuals directly affected from the fast-moving fire.

Crown Court Apartment complex management, Clackamas Fire and Red Cross are assisting families that lost material possessions this week before Christmas.

Fire investigators are conducting interviews and searching for clues as to the cause of this destructive fire.

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