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Firefighters hampered battling early Sunday blaze

by: GREG MUHR, PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE - Portland firefighters battle fire that destroyed home.A fast-moving fire destroyed a Northeast Portland home early Sunday morning.

No one was injured in the blaze at 10806 N.E. Prescott, but three dogs are missing.

The occupant's name was not immediately available.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, firefighters were hampered by extensive remodeling within the home that created a "structure within a structure," false floors and the presence of loaded firearms and gas tanks.

Crews were dispatched to the home at 3:24 a.m. on Oct. 13. Less than three minutes after they arrived, a flashover engulfed the entire home in flames. Because of the large amount of fire inside the home, crews spent almost 20 minutes attacking the fire from outside before firefighters could enter to fully extinguish the blaze.

Once firefighters entered, a primary search to locate the missing dogs was initiated. They were not promptly located.

Red Cross was sent to assist the home's occupant and one dog — displaced but uninjured by the fire — with short-term living arrangements.

The fire was brought under control and recalled at 4:03 am. A fire investigator remained on scene.

Damage estimates and a determination of the cause of the fire were not immediately available.