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Woman found dead at N. Portland home on fire, crews investigating

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Courtesy Mathieu Lewis-Rolland Courtesy Mathieu Lewis-Rolland
Courtesy Mathieu Lewis-Rolland Courtesy Mathieu Lewis-Rolland
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A woman was found dead on the front porch of a home that caught fire late Thursday night in north Portland.

Around 11:30 p.m., Portland Fire & Rescue responded to the report of a house fire in the 8200 block of North Wabash Avenue, where firefighters found heavy flames.

A neighbor, Mathieu Lewis-Rolland, said he jumped into his car hoping to help after he heard a crackling noise and saw an orange glow.

“Just seeing people fearlessly march into a flaming house was pretty intense," Lewis-Rolland said.

At the scene, firefighters learned that someone was likely trapped inside the home. Crews found a woman on the home's front porch and she was pronounced deceased.

Neighbors said her husband had been at a meeting at the time and arrived back home to the scene. 

“All you see is this dramatic fire, and it attracts attention, but there’s people. Someone lost their life,”  Lewis-Rolland said.

Investigators are working to determine what caused the fire. Portland police homicide detectives are assisting with the investigation. 

Police are asking anyone with information on the woman's death to contact Homicide Detail Detective Darren Posey 503-823-0403 or Darren.Posey@portlandoregon.gov.

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