Beaverton apartment fire sends two to hospital
Two people who sustained burns in a mid-morning apartment complex in Beaverton were transported to a local hospital Thursday morning, Feb. 27, after a two-alarm fire broke out in an apartment complex at 6245 S.W. Lombard Ave.
Fire crews responded to the incident at 9:57 a.m. and had the blaze extinguished before 11 a.m. They continued work to clear the scene of any danger.
"When firefighters first arrived, there was fire burning outside the back of the building and intensely burning in one apartment unit and (had) already spread to the adjacent unit and going through into the attic space and through the roof," said Cassandra Ulven, a spokeswoman for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
She said a property manager at the Lombard Plaza complex aided in getting the two burn victims out, prior to firefighters' arrival.
Ulven said the two victims were conscious and alert.
Two apartment units sustained significant fire damage, with additional units sustaining smoke and water damage.
While the fire was contained to mostly one unit in the three-story complex, Stefan Myers, public information officer with TVF&R, said the blaze left about 30 people displaced. Those people lived in nine units.
The American Red Cross is assisting displaced families. TVF&R said property managers at Lombard Plaza will be working with residents to relocate them if they are unable to move back into their homes.
The full extent of the fire and its damage was not immediately clear, but Myers noted there were no additional injuries and everyone was evacuated from the complex.
Firefighters reported via Twitter around 10:30 a.m. that "fire crews have knocked down the fire on Lombard Ave. and are working to search the unit."
Initially, TVF&R reported that the fire was seen coming from a unit on the third floor.
There were no residential fire alarms in the building, Ulven said, noting that such the structures were built before a law requiring them.
The incident drew 12 fire trucks and engines to the scene. Portland Fire & Rescue and Hillsboro Fire & Rescue aided in the incident, as did the Beaverton Police Department.
The American Red Cross is helping with sheltering those displaced by the fire.
Investigators are working to determine the cause of the blaze.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with more information on the displaced residents of Lombard Plaza following Thursday's fire.
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