Flames rip through vacant house in Southeast Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. - Firefighters are working to extinguish a fire at a vacant house in Southeast Portland.

Portland Fire and Rescue said there were "reports of a possible victim," but KATU's Mary Loos later confirmed that no one was inside the house during the fire.

Crews responded to the house fire around 6 a.m. Flames were seen shooting out of the home, located at 8729 S.E. Malden Ct.

Firefighters said part of the home's roof collapsed.

Smoke could be seen from miles away.

The fire was under control by 6:40 a.m.

It's unclear what caused the fire. Portland Fire and Rescue spokesman Lt. Rich Chatman said a homeless person was camping behind the house. That person reported the house fire.

The home was boarded up and had been abandoned for some time, firefighters said.

Tuesday's fire was the second fire at a vacant Southeast Portland house in the last two days. On Monday, firefighters rescued a woman from a burning home.

Video from KATU photojournalist Mike Warner