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Woman dies in early morning fire in Southeast Portland

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Courtesy: Portland Fire & Rescue Courtesy: Portland Fire & Rescue

A woman died after an early morning fire in southeast Portland Saturday, according to Portland Fire and Rescue.

Fire crews went to a home on Southeast 33rd Avenue and Salmon Street just before 3:30 a.m.

Neighbors said they knocked on doors to get as many people out of their houses.

Firefighters attempted to rescue an 84-year-old resident who was still inside the home. Crews were able to pull her out of the home, but she was pronounced dead at the scene according to Portland Fire and Rescue.

A spokesperson for PFR said a man in his 40s was found in the backyard suffering from smoke inhalation.

Family members of the victims said the woman was Betty Fry, 84, who lost her oldest son hours before the fire started.

“I think we are just getting over yesterday because we lost Scott to cancer,” said Ann Fry, Betty’s daughter-in-law.

The fire also damaged the side of a neighboring home, according to fire crews.

"All of us at Portland Fire & Rescue extend our deepest sympathy to the family, neighbors and friends of our fire victim this morning. I am proud of the quick and dangerous work done here by our firefighters I only wish we could report a better outcome," said Interim Fire Chief Ken Burns. "This is a sad reminder of how fast these tragedies can happen." 

The family has set up a fundraising site to raise money for health and living costs.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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