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Shed fire on SE 63rd blamed on vagrants

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With 'nuisance' complaints in the area, a shed catches fire

DAVID F. ASHTON - The crew of Westmorelands Fire Station 20 pulls a water line to fight the fire. Neighbors of a house at 7405 S.E. 63rd Avenue were concerned when they saw smoke and fire rising from behind the structure on the evening of April 13.

"Even though it's boarded up, we see people coming and going from around there all the time, and we're worried about what might happen," remarked neighbor Cassie Andersen.

There are several other houses near this residence – which had a City of Portland "Nuisance Vacant Complaint" filed on it last August, and was last visited by inspectors in late January.

Andersen said she called 9-1-1 at 8:47 p.m. to report the fire, which brought several Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) rigs to the scene.

Because the fire was in a shed near the property line, neighbors behind it on S.E. 62nd Avenue also called in a report, which brought firefighters to that street as well.

"It looks as if vagrants started a fire, perhaps accidental, in an out-building shed behind the house," commented a PF&R Battalion Chief. The crew of Westmoreland's Station 20 quickly extinguished the fire, he added.

No one was injured in the fire, and it is listed as "under investigation".