Posted @ 8:25 pm
At Approx. 5:50pm today Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a fire alarm at Westmoreland's Union Manor; an apartment complex for seniors. When firefighters arrived they found an apartment filled with smoke and "upgraded" the call to a commercial fire (bringing more resources to the scene). The fire was located in a second floor apartment.
When firefighters made entry into the apartment they found an adult female with significant fire related injuries. The woman was transported to Emanuel Hospital. An employee of the facility was also affected by the smoke when he tried to investigate the cause of the alarm prior to the arrival of firefighters. He was transported to Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital in stable condition.
The majority of fire was extinguished by sprinklers allowing firefighters to focus initially on rescuing the injured victims. This fire was contained to the apartment of origin and damage to the building itself was kept to a minimum. Building damage includes smoke and fire in the apartment and some water damage on the first and second floors. The resident of the fire apartment will be the only one displaced by this fire.
Fire investigators were called (as is routine when an injury occurs in a fire) and are working to determine the cause and damage estimates for this fire. This information will be made available as soon as possible.
This single alarm commercial fire brought 4 engines, 2 trucks, 2 chief officers and 2 fire investigators to the scene for a total of 28 personnel.