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Portland Fire and Rescue responds to flames burning through roof of vacant structure

Portland Fire and Rescue responded to a fire at a vacant structure in Northeast Portland on Nov. 10, 2017. Photo by Scott Perry 

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Fire and Rescue found heavy flames coming from the roof of a Northeast Portland home when they responded to a report of a residential fire Friday morning.

Firefighters heard reports of a home on fire at 224 Northeast 99th Avenue at 10:57 a.m.

When they arrived, they quickly attacked the fire inside the home and searched for anyone trapped inside. They didn't find anyone.

Firefighters took special precautions due to the fire’s strength and hypodermic needles they saw strewn around the floor.

Investigators say the building was boarded up. They believe homeless people may have been sleeping inside.

Fire officials say vacant structures pose unique hazards to firefighters. Sometimes they’re full of objects and clutter that fuel the flames; other times they’re empty and burning for a while before anyone notices.

An investigator is working to determine the cause of the fire and how much damage it caused.

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