Family pets lost, firefighter hurt in Portland fire

Family pets lost, firefighter hurt in Portland fire

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by Ashley Korslien, KGW Staff

kgw.com

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 10:07 AM

PORTLAND -- A North Portland family said they lost five dogs and one cat to an early morning house fire Thursday. None of the other family members was injured, but a firefighter became disoriented and had to be pulled from the home.

Just after midnight neighbors reported seeing heavy smoke pouring from a home near the 8000 block of North Hudson Avenue.

"When I came out to the corner, there was smoke coming out of the front door area and then out of the back of the house,” said neighbor Karrie Dunn. "I didn't see any flames until the firefighters arrived and broke out some windows."

Two teens live in the home. They told KGW that one of them jumped from a window to safety, while the other helped get his great-grandmother and grandmother to safety.

When firefighters arrived, they found the fire in the basement and started dragging hoses into the home.

Portland Fire & Rescue officials reported that a firefighter became disoriented between the heavy smoke and extreme heat and could not find the staircase to exit. A Rescue Intervention Team went into the home and pulled the firefighter to safety.

Family members said they lost everything to the fire. They were being assisted by the Red Cross.

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