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Man runs into burning house to save his dog

A North Portland man was injured early Monday morning when he ran back into a burning house to rescue his dog.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken to the Legacy Oregon Burn Center with burns on his arms and hands. His dog, a German Shepard mix named Cleo, was treated by firefighters with a pet oxygen mask and was taken to a pet hospital by a neighbor.

Portland Fire and Rescue officials stressed that running back into a burning house to retrieve items or pets is dangerous.

The fire broke out at about 1:13 a.m. in a house in the 7100 block of North Macrum Avenue. When firefighters from Engine 26 at the Portsmouth/University Park Station arrived, six-foot-high flames were shooting from the house's roof and the heat was shattering the building's windows.

The homeowner, who had escaped the house, was upset that Cleo had not made it outside, so he ran back into the burning dwelling to find the animal.

It took firefighters about five minutes to extinguish the main part of the fire. A crew from Truck 22 in the St. Johns Station cut holes in the roof to fight the fire there.

The entire fire was out in about 27 minutes.

The fire's cause is under investigation. There is no estimate of the damage to the house or its contents.