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Crews respond to smoke spotted near Morrison Bridge

Crews responded to tents on fire at a homeless camp on the east side of the Morrison Bridge on Dec. 15, 2017. Photo courtesy Jeff Bernheisel

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a fire near the Morrison Bridge Friday morning.

Emergency personnel were called to a fire at Southeast Water Avenue and Southeast Belmont Street at 7:53 a.m.

After extinguishing the flames, fire officials said an unattended heating source in a homeless camp near the east end of the Morrison Bridge caused the fire.

The fire caused a propane tent to vent with 20-foot flames.

Officials say no one was injured, but the fire did burn several tents in a homeless camp; a nearby tree and a stairwell to the bridge were charred.

There are about 20 to 25 people who live at the homeless camp. The fire impacted about five of them.

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