PORTLAND – Police and firefighters rescued a dog from a burning home in North Portland Saturday after getting past a man who was swinging sword and yelling incoherently, police said.
At around 5:30 p.m., police showed up to help fire crews put out a blaze in the 7800 block of North Hodge Avenue, said Sgt. Greg Pashley with the Portland Police Bureau.
A 69-year-old man at the home was on the porch holding a shield and swinging a sword. Officers could not talk to the man because they said he was yelling incoherently while swinging the sword.
Police hit him with a Taser because they said his life was in danger due to his proximity to the flames. They also wanted to protect themselves from the sword, Pashley said.
The man was then taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation.
Fire crews were then able to extinguish the blaze and rescue a dog that was suffering from smoke inhalation, said AJ Schaffer with Portland Fire & Rescue.
The dog was given oxygen and is now being taken care of by animal control.
Authorities estimate the damage of the fire to be around $40,000 and have not determined the cause.