Man jumps from second-story window to escape house fire - KPTV - FOX 12

Smoking blamed for $200,000 house fire

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A man jumped out of a second-story window to escape a burning building in northeast Portland that caused $200,000 in damage.

Firefighters were called out shortly after 11 a.m. Monday at Northeast Fremont and Williams Avenue. They arrived to a fully involved house fire.

Emergency crews at the scene said two renters were inside the home at the time and one had to jump out of the window to get out safely. The other person went through the front door.

Firefighters cut ventilation holes in the roof of the home and worked to stop the fire from spreading to neighboring houses just a few feet away.

One of the people in the burning home was evaluated and cleared by medics for smoke inhalation injuries.

Investigators determined the fire originated in the couch of the living room, most likely due to carelessness involving smoking. The loss has been estimated at $200,000 to the structure and contents inside.

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