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BRIEF: Firefighters rescue dog from house where police earlier Tased a man waving a sword

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By Kari Bray, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. <P> Dec. 15--Portland firefighters rescued a dog from the burning home of a man who was earlier Tased by police after blocking firefighters from the home with a sword and shield. <P> After the 69-year-old man -- who stood on the porch waving a sword and shouting incoherently -- was removed from the scene, firefighters were able to control the blaze. The damage is estimated at about $40,000 but was limited to the one house at 7827 N. Hodge Ave. <P> Firefighters retrieved a dog from the house. The animal was suffering from smoke inhalation and was treated with supplemental oxygen from a specially designed mask. The dog is now in the care of animal control officers. <P> The name of the 69-year-old man has not been released and he has not been charged with anything at this point. The name, age and breed of the dog are unknown. <P> Firefighters arrived on the scene at about 5:14 p.m. and the blaze was declared under control by 5:34 p.m. <P> A Portland fire investigator is looking into the cause of the blaze. <P> --Kari Bray <P> ___ <P> ©2012 The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.) <P> Visit The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.) at www.oregonian.com <P> Distributed by MCT Information Services<P>A service of YellowBrix, Inc.

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