Fire damages NE Portland house

UPDATE • Careless smoking caused blaze

Careless smoking may have caused an early Wednesday morning fire that heavily damaged a Northeast Portland house.

No one was injured in the fire. Two people who lived at the house were provided shelter and necessities by the Oregon Trail chapter of the American Red Cross.

Portland Fire and Rescue crews were called at about 2:21 a.m. to the fire at 702 N.E. 125th Ave. Heavy flames coming from the front of the house caused part of the dwelling's interior ceiling to collapse, forcing firefighters out of the structure.

The fire was brought under control at 3:01 a.m. Fire crews are still at the house to monitor for hot spots. Investigators said the fire was likely caused by improper disposal of a cigarette. The fire caused about $50,000 damage to the house.