East Portland

'This is a close community and the neighbors look out for each other'

'This is a close community and the neighbors look out for each other'
Photo courtesy Portland Fire & Rescue.

PORTLAND, Ore. - A house fire in southeast Portland could have been a whole lot worse had it not been for some alert neighbors who spotted just a wisp of smoke and knew something was wrong.

"This is a close community and the neighbors look out for each other," said Lt. David Barron with Portland Fire & Rescue. "That made the difference in the amount of damage you see here today."

The fire happened around 1 p.m. Thursday at a home in the 1000 block of Southeast 114th Place. By the time firefighters arrived, the smoke had intensified. Crews knocked down the fire fairly quickly. No one was injured.

Investigators determined that improperly discarded smoking material was the cause. Firefighters want to remind folks that smoking inside a house is not a good idea. They say most smoking-related fire deaths happen in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.