Salem apartment resident dies days after fire

Marion County

Nine people have been displaced

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — One person was critically injured after they were pulled from an apartment fire in Salem Monday afternoon, said Marion County Fire District 1.

That person died 3 days later, authorities said.

A two-story apartment building caught fire on Lancaster Drive NE. Firefighters were alerted of the emergency around 4:30 p.m. Monday. When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames that went up two floors and into the attic of the building.

As firefighters searched the units for anyone inside, they found one person unconscious in a ground floor apartment. That person—who has not been identified—was pulled out and immediately taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

A second alarm was raised as firefighters continued to battle the flames. Multiple engines and crews from several different departments responded to help.

Once the flames were extinguished and the damage assessed, Marion County Fire District 1 said the entire building, composed of four units, was badly damaged. Nine people were displaced as a result. The Red Cross has stepped in to assist those residents now without a home.

Neighbor Sabrina Arnold said the fire alarms weren’t going off but she was alerted because of the heavy smoke.

Sabrina Arnold escaped a fire at this Salem apartment building on Lancaster Drive, but one person was critically hurt, February 18, 2020 (KOIN)

“It was more traumatizing seeing someone being pulled out of the building, not knowing if it was a child or an adult,” Arnold told KOIN 6 News. “It was all very scary and just having to sit there and watch where you live, someone’s apartment going up in flames and everything being ruined. it was definitely traumatizing.”

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, according to the fire department. Damage was estimated at $400,000. The investigation is ongoing.

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