Man, 87, dies in house fire near Troutdale

At the scene of a house fire on Southeast 302nd Avenue in East Multnomah County Thursday, May 16, 2013, that left an 87-year-old man dead. (Greg Muhr Photography)
At the scene of a house fire on Southeast 302nd Avenue in East Multnomah County Thursday, May 16, 2013, that left an 87-year-old man dead. (Greg Muhr Photography)

TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN) – An 87-year-old man died after his home caught fire Thursday night in a rural area of east Multnomah County near Troutdale.

The victim was identified Friday as Donald Krebs. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that he died of inhalation of products of combustion. The manner of death was considered accidental.

Just after 8 p.m., crews with Gresham Fire & Emergency Services (GF&ES) responded to the home at 3848 SE 302nd Ave., after a neighbor reported seeing heavy smoke coming from the back of the home.

Crews arrived to find heavy flames coming from the back of the home. Firefighters entered the home to attempt a search and rescue, but were forced to exit due to the hot conditions. They re-entered the home a second time, and found Krebs about 12 feet from the front door.

They pulled him outside and attempted to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, GF&ES said.

There were no fire hydrants near the home, and it took crews over three hours to fully extinguish the blaze.

The cause of the fire was ruled accidental, although the exact origin has not been determined. The fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage and property loss.

The Boring and Sandy Fire districts assisted with the response.

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