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Fire forces Gresham family, pets from burning home

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GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

Gresham firefighters say a family was forced from their home when a fire started in a children's bedroom early this morning.

The father rushed into the room and, with his bare hands, threw a burning television set out the window and onto the lawn.

Firefighters say he suffered burns to his hands and smoke inhalation and is being treated at an area hospital.

The mother was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. She's been released.

The two children were not hurt.

Fire crews responded about 12:40 a.m. to the home in the 800-block of northeast Fourth Street in Gresham.

When they arrived, the family - a mother, father and twin 10-year-old girls - were outside.

There were several animals in the house at the time of the fire. The father rushed into the house to save a litter of kittens. Firefighters gave oxygen to a cat who was suffering from smoke inhalation.

SLIDESHOW: Firefighters give oxygen to cat

The mother tells FOX 12 she thinks the fire started in a lamp or TV in her girls' room.

The official cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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