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Woman escapes West Slope fire

SUBMITTED PHOTO - An early morning fire on Wednesday heavily damaged a West Slope home.A home in the West Slope was heavily damaged by an early Wednesday morning fire but the only person home was able to escape without injuries.

A passerby called for help at 3:59 a.m. July 22 after spotting the side of a home and fence on fire near the intersection of Southwest Timberline Drive and Garden View Avenue.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - A firefighter checks for hot spots after crews from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and the Portland Fire Bureau responded to an early morning fire in West Slope.When firefighters arrived, they also found heavy smoke and fire coming from second-story windows.

Firefighters attacked the fire while searching the home, knocking down the flames in about 20 minutes and preventing the fire from spreading to a neighboring house 14 feet away.

The woman who was home told firefighters she awoke to use the restroom when she noticed flames outside her bedroom window and quickly exited the home.

Fire officials reminded residents that having a working smoke detector and practicing an escape plan are the safest ways to escape fires.

A fire investigator is working to determine the cause and starting point of the fire.

Portland Engine 16 assisted TVF&R.