Two die after explosion, fire destroy N. Portland home
Portland Fire & Rescue investigators say a Monday afternoon house fire that killed two people was likely caused by a butane explosion when the homeowner was attempting to produce butane hash oil.
Portland Fire and Rescue reported that an explosion and fire blasted through the house at 6214 N. Kerby Ave. at about 2:29 p.m. July 24. One person died at a local hospital. Another victim was found in the home's wreckage as firefighters searched the damaged property.
The victims identified as Matthew McCrann and Richard Cisler.
Incident commanders called for a second unit because of a damaged natural gas line, downed power lines and other houses affected by the blast and fire.
A dozen people were displaced by the fire. The American Red Cross Cascades Region was providing resources and help for the residents.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.