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Fire damages SE Portland home

by: DICK HARRIS/PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE - Firefighters cut holes in the roof of this burning house so heat and smoke could escape.Fire crews battled difficult conditions to extinguish a house fire at Southeast 123rd and Lincoln on Tuesday afternoon.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported at 5:08 p.m.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, heavy fire was showing from the front of the two-story home when crews arrived. Firefighters reported arcing power lines that came in contact with the fire on the front side of the house. They also had to work around weak floors and heavy clutter on the second story they chased fire that was spreading up the home's walls.

The power company was called to cut electricity to the house. Ladder truck companies were sent to the roof of the home to cut ventilation holes to allow smoke and heat to escape so that crews could operate inside the house on the upper floor.

The cause of the fire and damage estimates were not immediately available.