by: COURTESY OF PORTLAND FIRE AND RESCUE - Illegal fireworks were blamed for the fire that destroyed this Southeast Portland home Saturday night, July 5.Portland firefighters said illegal fireworks were to blame for a fire that destroyed a Southeast Portland home Saturday night.

Fire crews from Portland Fire & Rescue and Gresham Fire responded to the fire at 17024 S.E. Alder St. The fire was one of many caused by illegal fireworks. Fire Investigator Rob Garrison said an aerial firework had landed on the rear porch awning, igniting the fire that extended to the home.

Firefighters issued more than 100 citations and seized illegal fireworks from more than 90 groups during the Fourth of July holiday.

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