PORTLAND – A dog rescued from a burning home in North Portland was being cared for at Dove Lewis Animal Hospital, while his owner was taken in for mental health help.
The 69-year-old man was on the porch of the home holding a shield and a sword when emergency responders arrived in the 7800 block of North Hodge Avenue on Saturday.
Officers could not talk to the man because they said he was yelling incoherently while swinging the sword.
Police hit him with a Taser because they said his life was in danger due to his proximity to the flames. They also wanted to protect themselves from the sword, a spokesman said.
The unidentified man was then taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation.
Fire crews were then able to extinguish the blaze and rescue a dog that was suffering from smoke inhalation, said A.J. Schaffer with Portland Fire & Rescue.
The dog was being cared for with help from Dove's Charlie fund for rescued and abused animals.
Authorities estimate the damage of the fire to be around $40,000 and have not determined the cause.