Propane leak sets tent ablaze in Portland, 2 severely burned

Multnomah County

Man, woman in their 40s rushed to the burn unit for treatment

Two people were severely burned at a tent fire at NE Grand and Everett, January 1, 2022 (PFR)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two people were severely burned at a tent fire in Northeast Portland Saturday morning, and two other people suffered burns from separate warming fires in Southeast and Southwest Portland, PFR officials said.

Around 9:30 a.m. a man and woman were burned on their lower bodies after a loose hose attached to a propane heater inside a tent leaded and caused the explosion and fire. Fire crews rushed to the scene at NE Grand and Everett and doused the flames, but the people were taken to the Emanuel Burn Center for treatment. Their exact conditions aren’t available at this time.

About 30 minutes before that, a man used an accelerant on a warming fire at SE 6th and Woodward, officials said. He suffered second-degree burns on one of his hands, but the man refused to be taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment.

Another tent fire around 3:20 p.m. left another man with 2nd-degree burns to his arm and upper leg, PFR said. Passersby at SW 4th and Oak noticed the fire, woke the man and called 911. Authorities said his sleeping bag was accidentally set on fire by a candle that was too close to flammable items.

This man in his mid-30s was taken by ambulance to the burn center for treatment.

Portland Fire & Rescue said it was the 4th warming fire they’ve handled in less than 24 hours.

211info — Housing and Shelter

Warming shelters are available in the area. Call 211 for the latest information.

Four warming shelters that reopened Friday in Multnomah County will remain open until Sunday morning. County leaders said they plan to close the centers around 8 a.m. Sunday.

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