SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — One resident suffered critical injuries after she was trapped inside her apartment as a fire tore through the building Monday morning.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said the fire started around 3:45 a.m. at the Greenwood Park Apartments, 4427 Satter Pl NE.
Deputies were met with huge flames on the first and second floors of the building.
“I’ve never seen a fire like this — this close to me,” neighbor Grant Leblanc told KOIN 6 News.
Fire crews rescued a 58-year-old woman from the first floor. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she’s in critical condition. Six other people, including three residents and three deputies were treated for smoke inhalation.
Neighbors said the fire got so hot that they could hear windows bursting — something they didn’t expect to happen in the middle of the night.
“It was just insane, and then all the smoke, just inhaling it hurt so badly,” Angelina Grave, another neighbor, said.
In total, eight apartments were damaged in the fire, though it’s unclear to what extent.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Lancaster Drive was closed, but reopened around 6:15 a.m.