A Portland firefighter was injured battling a fire that heavily damaged part of a two-family home in the city’s Woodfords neighborhood Saturday morning.

The firefighter injured his knee while helping to hold a hose line inside the home at 79 Lincoln St., said Deputy Chief Robert Stewart. Stewart said the firefighter was treated for his injury and later released from a local hospital. Stewart said he could not name the firefighter or give more information about his injury.

Seven units of the Portland Fire Department responded to the fire about 9:30 a.m. and were on the scene for about three hours, Stewart said. He said the owner of the building, who lives on the first floor, was the only person home at the time of the fire. She was outside when the fire started and was not hurt, Stewart said.

Most of the fire’s damage was in the front of the second-floor unit. He said the tenants of the second-floor unit were not home.

The cause of the fire and the location of its starting point were not obvious, Stewart said. Fire investigators were called in but as of Saturday afternoon Stewart had not seen their report.

According to Portland assessor’s records, the house was built in 1895 and is assessed at $241,800. It was last sold in 2016 for $340,500.

Neighbors told WCSH-TV that the woman who owns the house had put a lot of work into improving it over the last year or more.

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