Reed College students hurt in apartment blaze

3 people rescued from one unit; 4 units damaged

Three people were rescued from burning apartments at SE 30th and Steele in Portland, February 5, 2017 (KOIN)
Three people were rescued from burning apartments at SE 30th and Steele in Portland, February 5, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — One woman was critically injured and 2 others slightly injured when a fire erupted in an apartment complex near Reed College early Sunday morning.

Portland Fire & Rescue crews arrived around 5:15 a.m. in the area of SE 51st and Steele but couldn’t find the reported fire. But emergency dispatchers tracked the caller’s phone to a residence around SE 30th and Steele.

Three people were rescued from this burning apartment building in the area of SE 30th and Steele in Portland, February 5, 2017 (KOIN)
Three people were rescued from this burning apartment building in the area of SE 30th and Steele in Portland, February 5, 2017 (KOIN)

 

The caller reported thick black smoke and fire, and when firefighters got there they found heavy fire and smoke coming from at least 2 units at Garden Park Apartments.

Firefighters rescued one person inside the apartment and 2 others were able to escape by jumping from a second story window, PF&R said.

All 3 people were taken to Legacy Emmanuel for treatment. One of the patients is currently listed in critical condition, fire officials said. A Reed College spokesperson confirmed that two of the three injured were Reed College students. One student was released with minor injuries and the other remains in the hospital. They have not released the names of the injured students.

PF&R Battalion Chief Jamie Klum told KOIN 6 News the 3 people were all in the same unit and lauded his crew for rescuing them from the burning apartment.

Four of the 8 units in the building were damaged, Klum said. Investigators remain on scene and no cause of the fire has yet been determined.

Klum said he hoped the other residents, who are getting help from the Red Cross, will be able to return to their apartments later Sunday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Three people were rescued from burning apartments at SE 30th and Steele in Portland, February 5, 2017 (KOIN)
Three people were rescued from burning apartments at SE 30th and Steele in Portland, February 5, 2017 (KOIN)