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Natural gas line causes issues with multiple-house fire in NW Portland

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Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to a multiple-house fire in Northwest Portland Thursday morning.

Fire crews responded to a blaze outside two homes on Northwest Trakehner Way just after 5 a.m.

Crews were able to arrive on the scene only four minutes after they got the call. 

According to TVF&R, the fire started on the exterior of one home and then spread to the other. Firefighters added that this type of situation is more common in hot and dry conditions.

Firefighters said they were able to knock down the fire on the exteriors of both homes but crews worked an extra 40 minutes to contain the fire in the attic of one home. 

Officials said the fire affected a natural gas meter of one home, which contributed to the flames. NW Natural was called in to secure the gas line and meter.

Only one of the two houses was occupied at the time of the fire. The family of seven said they were able to get out safely.

The family said they saw the fire and rushed out of the house and called 911. They then knocked on their neighbor's door, but there was no answer. The homeowners appear to be out of town.  

No injuries have been reported. 

Fire investigators plan to dig out portions of the burned debris in order to determine the cause of the fire. 

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