Fire crews were originally dispatched to report of bushes on fire at 10:50pm. The fire extended from the bushes into an occupied duplex. When crews arrived they found fire had extended to the attic portion of the duplex. A live power line downed by the fire created a hazard for arriving crews as they attempted to enter the structure. The cause of this fire has been determined to be illegal fireworks. Witnesses said they saw an individual light a "mortar" round and throw it on the ground near the bushes. All occupants and pets were evacuated safely.
Lt. Rich Chatman PIO, Media Pgr. 503-940-6003