PENDLETON - Alert neighbors called 911 this morning after seeking smoke billowing out of a basement window from a house in the 400 block of Northwest Fifth Street.

Jim Baltzor said he was going downtown until he saw the smoke.

"I started pounding on doors," he said, but fortunately the home was unoccupied at the time.

Baltzor said he then saw another neighbor and shouted for her to call 911.

The Pendleton Fire Department responded and several minutes later two trucks pulled up. Tow crew members hustled to a drag water hose to the basement window while others pulled them to the other side of the house. Then with oxygen masks in place and fire suits on, crew members made their way through thick smoke and into the house.

And almost as soon as the emergency started the fire department seemingly was able to get the situation under control.

The cause of the smoke is still unknown as the EO wasn't able to speak with fire department official before press time.

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