MILWAUKIE, Ore. (KOIN) — An 18-year-old boy with autism continues to recover after firefighters pulled him out of a burning home Thursday night in Milwaukie.
Firefighters responded to the 2-alarm fire just before 8 p.m. in the 9700 block of Southeast 38th Avenue.
Neighbors told KOIN 6 News that they heard screaming and ran outside to find a woman yelling that her son was trapped inside of the burning building.
They said they tried to save the teen before fire officials arrived: they broke some windows in an attempt to reach him but the flames were too big and too hot.
“Just started kicking at the front door and it was too hot and flames were ripping through the windows,” neighbor David Chis told KOIN 6 News. “It seemed like a lost cause, but didn’t really want to give up with it being that someone was stuck in the house.”
Clackamas Fire said the young man was trapped inside the bathroom. Officials rescued him through a front window and said he survived because the closed bathroom door blocked the smoke and heat long enough for firefighters to reach him.
The teen — who was identified by his family as Timm Wilson — was taken to the hospital in critical condition. His aunt told KOIN 6 News on Friday he was still in critical condition but was stable.
Others on the scene were treated for smoke inhalation.
Firefighters said a power line fell on one of their trucks at the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.