Man dies in Gresham apartment fire

A woman was also injured

Jennifer Dowling and KOIN 6 News Staff - GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) -- One person died in an apartment fire in Gresham Friday afternoon.

According to the Gresham Fire Department, crews arrived at the Rosewood Commons apartments to find heavy fire coming from a second floor unit.

The woman living in the apartment where the fire started was seen dropping her two puppies out of the second floor window before jumping out herself.

"I seen someone jumping out of the window, and she looked like she was hurt pretty bad," neighbor Joseph Rankins told KOIN 6 News. "Her right leg was injured pretty bad. And they had it wrapped up before they took her away on the gurney. It was like she broke her leg or something, when she jumped out of the window."

The woman told fire fighters her husband was still inside so they focused their efforts on finding him. They crawled through the small back window and went through the door but unfortunately the man was found dead inside.

"He worked nights, and he slept during the day," Rankins said. "He must have been in there still asleep."

Rankins said the man was a friendly neighbor and sometimes stopped by his place.

"I am feeling really shocked he was in there," he said. "I wish there was something I could have done to help him."

There are no other known injuries but the American Red Cross Cascades Region is assisting the 8 adults, 4 children, 2 dogs and cat that were displaced.

"This one spread very very quickly, and people ran out of the building with any shoes on," Red Cross communications director Monique Dugaw said. "Obviously this is an extremely traumatic situation."

Fire fighters were able to contain the fire to the apartment where it started and get it under control.

The injured woman was taken to the hospital for her leg injury as well as smoke inhalation injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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