September 01, 2019 11:00
At 0142am early Sunday morning a fire was reported at an apartment complex at 3955 N Albina St. When the initial North Portland Fire & Rescue companies arrived they reported heavy fire from several 2nd story windows and evidence the fire had already extended to the attic. Several 911 calls were being received by emergency dispatchers. Those dispatchers forwarded only the most important information, including the phone call of one adult female who was trapped in her apartment. Firefighters from Ladder Truck 8 and Engine 14 immediately diverted their efforts to attempt a rescue on the apartment reported while firefighters from Engine 24 made quick action to apply hose streams to what would soon be an important stairwell for those firefighters. Within seconds of this plan one adult female was found inside her apartment and pulled to safety by those firefighters. Just prior to this, another adult male had jumped to safety from his 2nd story window. He was evaluated by fire and ambulance medics and transported to Emanuel Hospital with minor injuries. The female rescued by firefighters was transported to Emanuel Burn Center with significant inhalation and burn injuries. She is in serious condition.
Firefighters had the fire under control within an hour. The apartment complex suffered extreme damage. Four adults in all were displaced due to the damage and Red Cross Cascade is assisting with providing shelter.
Fire Investigators are currently still at the scene attempting to determine a cause but have not released any details at this time.