Fire at Southeast Portland duplex injures 1

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Crews were battling a fire that erupted early Wednesday morning in a Southeast Portland duplex and injured at least one man.

Portland firefighters were called at about 12:45 a.m. to the duplex near Southeast 133rd Avenue and Burnside. When they arrived, they found the duplex engulfed in flames.

Several people were inside. One man, who had serious burns and was experiencing breathing problems, was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center's burn unit, said Rich Chapman, a spokesman for Portland Fire & Rescue.

The 36-year-old man's name was not yet released and his condition was unknown.

Other people inside the duplex managed to escape safely, Chapman said.

Several witnesses reported hearing explosions coming from the duplex. Investigators who responded at 2 a.m. haven't yet pinpointed what started the blaze.

The fire did not damage any other buildings, Chapman said.