A garage fire sent one man to the hospital and destroyed part of a duplex in southeast Portland early Wednesday morning.
The fire happened around 12:30 a.m. on East Burnside near Southeast 133rd.
Many who live in the area said they heard small explosions go off during the fire.
By the time fire crews arrived the blaze was spreading quickly and had gotten up a tree and into a nearby SUV.
Fire crews worked to keep the fire contained, but it had already destroyed two garages and was starting to burn through one of the duplexes. On Wednesday afternoon, the evidence of the fire could be seen.
One renter said a man was living in the garage after getting permission from the family at the home to stay there for some time.
He believes the man in the garage was using a propane heater to stay warm and that may have started the fire.
"The whole garage was on fire and it was up to the tree and it was really scary and there was nothing you could do just stand here and watch," said Alysia Mapes, who escaped her home as the fire started to burn part of her living room.
Inside Mapes' home the fire did a lot of damage.
"I feel kind of numb to it, right now, it doesn't feel real," added Mapes.
Mapes and her dad were able to save some of their personal items, but damage from the fire is extensive enough that they're now forced to move out.
The condition of the man taken to the hospital this morning, as unknown on Wednesday afternoon and the cause of the fire, is still under investigation.
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