Portland fire puzzle: First tofu, then the blast

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Fire investigators in Portland say they're trying to figure out how cleaning up a pan of tofu could cause an explosion that broke out a window and caused $15,000 in damage.

Fire Bureau spokesman Paul Corah tells The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/vLTwjn ) a woman in the Old Town district reported she cooked tofu Sunday night, and as she washed the pan a blast knocked a 4-by-6-foot window into the street.

He says the 25-year-old woman could tell investigators only that the hot pan "flashed" as she rinsed it. She suffered a slight hand burn.

Corah says investigators found no evidence of a fire, and natural gas is not a suspect cause. He says investigators are calling other West Coast fire agencies for advice.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com