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Man slightly injured after jumping from second story window to escape Sunday morning apartment blaze

COURTESY PF&R - Firefighters battling the early Sunday apartment blaze in North Portland.A woman and man are hospitalized with injuries from an early Sunday fire in North Portland.

The names of the victims were not immediately released. The woman was seriously injured, while the man's injuries are described as minor.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, at 1:42 a.m. on Sept. 1, a fire was reported at an apartment complex at 3955 N. Albina St. When fire crews arrived, they reported heavy fire from several second story windows and evidence the fire had already extended to the attic.

Several 911 calls were being received by emergency dispatchers, who forwarded the most important information to firefighters. That included the phone call from 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 being executed, the female was found inside her apartment and pulled to safety by those firefighters. Just prior to this, an adult male jumped to safety from his second story window. He was evaluated by fire and ambulance medics and transported to Emanuel Hospital with minor injuries. The female was transported to Emanuel Burn Center with significant inhalation and burn injuries in serious condition.

COURTESY PF&R - Work continues fighting the fire.

Firefighters brought the fire under control within an hour. The apartment complex suffered extreme damage. Altogether, four adults in all were displaced due to the damage and Cascade chapter of the American Red Cross Cascade is assisting with providing shelter.

Fire Investigators are still determining the cause of the fire.


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