A fire at a 'hoarder-like' NE Portland property has killed a man and a dog, while a woman is in serious condition

A fire at a 'hoarder-like' NE Portland property has killed a man and a dog, while a woman is in seri ...

According to the Portland Fire & Rescue, a man and a dog were killed early Wednesday, and a woman was badly injured.

After being called there about 3:30 a.m., firefighters aided the woman until an ambulance crew took her to a hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

A firefighter later found David S. Johnson, 59, dead inside the house. A dog also found dead in the fire.

Fire & Rescue in Portland said firefighters encountered a severe fire coming through the front door of the house. It was difficult to get through the house and suppress the flames long enough to protect the man and dog from the fire, according to the agency.

The agency claims that unpleasant conditions inside the property also "added fuel to the rapidly growing fire." An interior wall was found as firefighters discovered an inferno throughout the property, forcing the crews to fight the fire from outside.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire. Two neighbors on their way to work initially saw the flames and tried to rescue the residents before fire crews arrived.

Residents in Portland Fire & Rescue were reminded to install and regularly test smoke alarms in every bedroom and on every level of homes, including basements. The agency did not state whether the house had working smoke alarms.

residents of Multnomah County who are under fire for hoarding.

--Savannah Eadens, seadens@oregonian.com; 503-221-6651; @savannaheadens

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