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Overnight fire displaces two SE Portland residents

At just before 2:30 a.m. Portland Fire & Rescue responded to multiple calls of a home on fire near SE 152nd and SE Lincoln Street. Initial reports, as crews were en route, were that an occupant was still inside. Upon arrival crews found heavy smoke coming from the eaves of the home directly around the attached garage. Crews also immediately located an individual standing outside the home in front of the garage and was confirmed to be the unaccounted for occupant. With both occupants accounted for and safely outside the home crews focused their efforts on the fire. The main body of the fire was located in the garage and the attic directly above. Crews worked on the roof and cut vent holes to release heat and to keep the fire from spreading through the attic. At the same time crews inside the garage extinguished the fire on the ground level. Fire damage was contained to the garage. However, enough smoke damage is present through the rest of the home that the occupants will not be staying there at this time. The occupants were checked out at the scene at opted to not be taken to the hospital for further evaluation. During the initial phase of this fire it was reported that the unaccounted for occupant was inside trying to fight the fire. It is important to understand that it does not take much for someone to become incapacitated from smoke inhalation. If a fire is too large to handle on your own, it is time to get out and stay out of the home. If you know you are the last person to evacuate during a fire, close doors to the fire affected area and as you exit home. This will slow the fires growth due to lack of oxygen. No injuries were reported with this fire. An Investigator is on scene working to determine a cause and develop a damage estimate.