Reed student remains in critical condition after fire

Portland Fire and Rescue said 3 women lived at the apartment

A picture from the YouCaring set up for the victims of the fire. (YouCaring)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Reed College student is still in critical condition at Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center after a large fire swept through her apartment.

Portland Fire and Rescue said three women lived at the apartment, but only two of the residents were present at the time of the fire. Another woman visiting the two residents was also present during the fire, officials said.

A YouCaring named the women as Reed College students as Mara Gibbs, Miranda McGough, and Hattie Dalzell.

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)

The flames also spread to four other apartments right next to Reed College. The Garden Park Apartments are not part of college housing, but many students live there. Fire crews were called around 5 a.m. on Sunday morning in response to the fire.

A smoke detector went off, and two of the women in the apartment escaped by jumping from the second story. A third became trapped, but firefighters later pulled her out. She is still in critical condition, officials said.

“Two of them jumped out of the apartment. The third was unable to get out, just because of where the fire was and her particular bedroom,” said Lt. Rich Chatman, public information officer for Portland Fire and Rescue.

One student has been released from the hospital.

“I live in the apartment complex, right across from the apartments it happened in. Since it was so close, I was thinking, ‘This could have been me,’” said Mosing.

Reed College sent out an email to students saying the school is there to support the students.

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)

Fire crews said they don’t believe the fire was suspicious.

“At this point, investigators have not indicated that it appears to be suspicious or any kind of arson fire,” said Chatman.