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Smoking leads to fatal house fire in Portland


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland fire investigators say careless smoking caused a blaze that killed a man.

Portland Fire & Rescue crews responded to a house fire on SE Taggart Street early Saturday morning. When they arrived, they found fire coming from the home’s front windows. They entered the structure and located a large hole in the floor that created a danger for fire crew.

Portland Fire & Rescue says firefighters were able to work around the hole and extinguish the fire.

While searching the home, crews located a dead man.

Investigators arrived and determined the fire was caused by careless smoking. There were no other injuries.

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