CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- Several dogs were rescued during a two-alarm apartment complex fire in Clackamas, fire officials said.

Crews were called just before noon Saturday to the report of intense flames and smoke from the exterior deck on the second floor at 13608 SE 97th Avenue, said Jed Walker of Clackamas Fire District No. 1.

As crews arrived, residents were seen throwing wrapped Christmas gifts out the second floor staircase, Walker said. A second alarm was called in due to the high number of people possibly endangered within the 12-unit complex.

The blaze was contained within 20 minutes, and nobody was injured.

Several dogs were safely rescued by firefighters during the incident, and passed off to grateful owners waiting in the cold rain, Walker said. Red Cross was requested to assist the 14 individuals directly affected from the fast moving fire.

Investigators said the official cause of the fire was ruled undetermined, but Walker said the most likely cause was improperly discarded cigarettes. Damage was estimated at $300,000.

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