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Rodent bomb blamed for house fire in NW Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A "rodent bomb" is to blame for a house fire in northwest Portland on Sunday afternoon.

Portland Fire and Rescue responded to a report of smoke from the roof of a home at Northwest 26th and Northwest Thurman around 12:30 p.m.

When crews arrived they found an active fire coming from the eaves of the home.

Officials soon learned that the homeowner had set a "rodent bomb" in the eves of the home to try and control a squirrel infestation.

The homeowner told firefighters that they watched the smoke from the device for about 30 minutes and then quit watching it.

Firefighters were able to gain access to where the fire was burning and were able to put it out before it spread to the rest of the home.

No one was injured in the fire.

Firefighters warn that products like these carry warnings and should be read carefully.

No one was hurt and damage is estimated to be $7,500.

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