Family of 3 injured in Cedar Mill house fire

Washington County
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An overnight fire Thursday in the Cedar Mill neighborhood sent three people to the hospita — including a 7-year-old girl.

An overnight fire Thursday in the Cedar Mill neighborhood injured 3 people, Aug. 30, 2018. (TVF&R)

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue said they were notified of the fire on Northwest Lovejoy Court at 12:56 a.m. Callers reported seeing heavy flames and dark smoke coming from the home. 

Crews arrived minutes later.

Part of the roof had collapsed near the front door, which made fighting the fire more challenging. However, they were able to extinguish the blaze.

Despite the roof collapse, crews found a way inside the home and got the three family members out quickly. John and Rhonda Henry and their daughter were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Neighbors told KOIN 6 News John was unresponsive when crews brought him out. John was listed in critical condition while Rhonda was listed as serious. Their daughter is reportedly doing well and was asking for things, like a blanket. 

According to TVF&R, as soon as firefighters found the girl and realized people were inside, they called a second alarm and a total of 60 firefighters and EMTs responded.

Lt. Ryan Stenhouse with TVF&R said they’re calling the home a total loss.

“It looks like a bomb hit,” neighbor Mike Irinaga said. “It’s just surprising, a lot of damage we can see.” 

Investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire. They also added that they don’t know if the home had working smoke alarms.

Stenhouse said this is a good reminder to check smoke detectors regularly. 

“I check every year,” neighbor Nara Chou said. “I have mine in every room.”

“When the time change, when we ‘Spring Forward,’ it’s a good time to check the batteries on the smoke detectors,” Irinaga said. 

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