House fire kills 1 in home with no smoke alarms

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An early-morning house fire in north Portland leaves one man dead as firefighters reported flames burning so hot they started to melt their helmet shields.

The Saturday morning blaze was reported at about 4 a.m. Firefighters found several people fleeing the two-story home's basement and first floor.

The house had rooms rented out, and none of them appeared to have working smoke detectors.

The house's occupants urged firefighters to search the home's second floor, where they found a 39-year-old man dead in a hallway.