PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A woman suffered critical injuries in a fire at a vacant house in Southeast Portland Monday morning.
Portland Fire & Rescue crews arrived at a home in the 9800 block of SE Holgate Monday morning, and immediately witnessed flames and smoke coming from the back of the house.
The 52-year-old woman was pulled from the burning home and rushed to Legacy Emanuel. Neighbors said they believe the woman is homeless and was just trying to get warm when the fire began. Fire investigators confirmed late Monday that the woman was living in the vacant home illegally.
PF&R said she suffered significant inhalation and burn injuries and is currently listed in critical condition.
“The power had been removed from the house, so we’re just now sifting through the details,” PF&R Lt. Rich Chatman said. The house was foreclosed about three months ago, and the water had also been shut off, he said.
More than 25 firefighters fought the blaze and officials said there was no sprinkler system in the house.
Chatman said the accidental fire began in the couch and it appears the woman tried to put it out.
Neighbor Linda Meanus told KOIN 6 News she’s grateful the fire department was able to put out the fire before it spread to other homes and yards.
“I feel safe and hopefully it won’t happen to other houses,” Meanus said. “I felt kinda good that there were people here.”