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Fire started by careless smoking damages southeast Portland house; people and dogs escape


PORTLAND, Oregon — Fire damaged a southeast Portland home early Wednesday, but functioning smoke alarms allowed everyone to escape.

Portland Fire & Rescue says crews arrived at 2 a.m. to find flames shooting from several windows, and the windy weather forced firefighters to initially attack from outside the house. They eventually got inside, fully extinguishing the blaze.

Smoke alarms alerted four people to get out, and two dogs also escaped without injury.

Investigators say the fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. Damage is estimated at $100,000.

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