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Six escape early morning fire that destroys SE Portland home

Six people escaped unharmed from an early morning fire that destroyed a Southeast Portland home.

Portland Fire and Rescue officials said the six people were able to run from the house near Southeast 27th Avenue and Gladstone Street after a fire started at about 4:24 a.m., Saturday, May 4.

Four fire engines and a truck arrived at 4:29 a.m. at the house that sits on the border of several fire station response areas. Firefighters found the fire in the basement and battled the blaze.

The fire was declared under control at 4:52 a.m.

Investigators said the fire was caused by "improperly discarded smoking materials." There also were no working smoke detectors in the home.

The house was considered a total loss, with damage at about $35,600.

Two homeowners and six houseguests were provided shelter through the Red Cross.