Illegal firework sparks overnight fire in SE Portland

PORTLAND, Ore - An illegal firework sparked a grass fire that ignited a duplex late Thursday night in SE Portland.

Witnesses said somebody lit a mortar round and threw it on the ground near some bushes at about 10:45. The fire spread from the bushes into the duplex, which was occupied, near Southeast Glenwood and Milwaukie. All the occupants and pets in the duplex made it out safely.

By the time fire crews arrived, the fire had extended to the duplex's attic, and the fire had downed a live power line, making the job more difficult.

The firework was illegal.