Two jump out of window to escape 'suspicious' fire
Two people jumped out of their second-story window early Friday morning to escape a 3-alarm blaze that officials are now calling "suspicious."
Portland Fire & Rescue said the fire started shortly before 4 a.m. on July 5 at 3918 NE Garfield Ave. It was quickly upgraded to a 2nd-alarm before needing even more crews and resources.
Ten people were inside the residence when the fire broke out.
The two people who jumped out of their windows were taken to the hospital. One of them is in critical, but stable condition.
Officials told KOIN 6 News that several others were treated on scene for burns.
The blaze quickly spread throughout the home, working its way to the attic. Once at the top of the house, the fire caused electrical and power lines to spark — making it more difficult for crews to get the blaze under control.
Crews were working Friday morning working to put out hot spots.
While the cause of the fire hasn't been determined, investigators are calling it "suspicious" as there were reports of people screaming and hearing explosions.
One woman told KOIN 6 News she witnessed someone throw something at the apartment.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. You can find their story with video of the fire here.
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