Sliding door shattered to escape SE Portland fire

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Sliding door shattered to escape SE Portland fire

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by Ashley Korslien, KGW Staff

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Posted on October 4, 2013 at 6:35 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 8:26 AM

PORTLAND -- Several people escaped from their burning home in Southeast Portland early Friday morning. Smoke poured out of the windows and eaves of the home near Northeast 86th Avenue and Isabella Street.

People living in the home said their smoke alarms did not go off right away, and when they tried to put the fire out with an extinguisher, it did not work.

There were metal bars across the door which residents could not open, so they had to break out the glass from a sliding door to escape the home.

Erica Johnston got out of the home safely. She said she believes the fire started when an oil candle tipped over in her roommate’s bedroom.

“I was out in the living room watching a movie, when my roommate comes out screaming and yelling that there was a fire in his bedroom!” Johnston said.

A man living in the home suffered some burns and was taken to the hospital, but his condition was unknown.

Investigators were looking into the cause of the fire.

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