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SE Portland resident injured as fire blasts through duplex

by: COURTESY OF PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE: DICK HARRIS AND GREGG MUIR - Portland firefighters battled a duplex blaze in Southeast Portland early Wednesday morning. One person was burned in the fire.One person was burned in an early morning fire Wednesday that damaged a Southeast Portland duplex.

Portland Fire & Rescue officials said a resident of the duplex suffered burns and was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center’s Burn Center for treatment. The person’s name and medical condition have not been released.

Firefighters were called at about 12:36 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, to the duplex at 13209 S.E. Ankeny Court. Firefighters were told it was a tree on fire in front of the dwelling, but when they arrived they discovered that the fire had spread to the duplex.

They found heavy fire and smoke coming from a garage and attacked the fire from inside the dwelling. Holes also had to be cut in the roof to let heat escape.

Investigators are still trying to determine the fire’s cause and estimate the amount of damage it did to the duplex.