Neighbor alerts one occupant as fire sweeps through first floor
by: Jaime Valdez, Capt. Lance Bicket with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's Station 61 checks for embers after 20 firefighters put out a fire in a West Slope house Monday afternoon. The fire damaged the house's first floor. A neighbor reported the fire.

A two-story West Slope home was damaged this afternoon in a one-alarm fire.

No one was injured in the fire at 8500 S.W. Ernst St. There was heavy damage to several rooms on the home's first floor and the daylight basement. The rest of the house was filled with thick smoke from the fire.

Firefighters were called at about 1:19 p.m. when a neighbor alerted the occupant of the house's garage apartment that the house was on fire.

The home's owner is on vacation. The owner's son and the apartment occupant who were displaced by the fire are staying with friends.

When they arrived, firefighters from the West Slope Station 65 found heavy fire coming from the southwest corner of the wood-frame home. They began immediate fire attack and knocked down the visible flames.

A total of 20 firefighters, including an engine company from the Portland Fire Bureau, continued to attack remnants of the fire on the home's interior.

Fire investigators are looking into the cause. Fire officials estimated that damages could exceed $100,000.

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