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Smoker blamed for NE Portland house fire

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Fire crews think a cigarette started an early morning house fire in Northeast Portland.

It happened just before 6 a.m. Saturday at the home on Northeast 54th near Emerson.

All six people inside were able to get out of the house unharmed.

Fire investigators say the blaze caused more than $77,000 in damage to the home.

They said that the fire serves as a good reminder that cigarettes are the number one cause of fires and deaths from fires.

Forty-five percent of deaths from fires are caused by fire cigarette related incidents, according to Portland Fire & Rescue.

The second most cause is heating equipment malfunction at 8 percent.

Additionally, fires caused by cigarette smoking produce about 6,000 injuries a year.

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