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'Tis the season for small housefires, as weather gets colder...but this blaze started outside

DAVID F. ASHTON - When the fire was out, the home was uninhabitable, but the Red Cross responded to assist the displaced residents with emergency lodging and supplies. A fire that broke out behind a home in the 4800 block of S.E. Franklin Street was reported at 8:48 a.m. on Thursday, October 19, and that summoned nine Portland Fire & Rescue units to put it out.

The first responding company reported seeing heavy smoke coming from the back of the structure, as well as from the eaves of the two-story house.

While some firefighters searched the house for potential victims, others started connecting water lines and began the firefight. By the time the fire was fully extinguished, there were charred areas above the upstairs windows.

A firefighter told THE BEE that it appeared the fire had started behind the house, traveled up both sides, into the eaves, and then into the attic.

Ladder Truck company crews climbed to the roof and cut vertical ventilation holes to help provide access to the flames in the attic, and to release the resulting hot toxic gases.

Neither occupants nor firefighters were injured in the fire. But, according to American Red Cross Cascades Region, the blaze did displace four adults, five children, and five pets. They provided emergency lodging and supplies to those displaced.

Fire investigations have yet to release their determination of the cause of this fire, or a damage estimate.

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