Fire consumes 4 apartment units in Gresham

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 2-alarm fire tore through an apartment building in Gresham, sending residents running for their lives. 

The blaze started Saturday around 4:30 p.m. and moved quickly, ripping through all three floors of the Parkwood Apartments at the 1600 block of Northeast 16th Way.

Fire crews tried tapping a nearby hydrant that was dead but still managed to extinguish the fire in a matter of minutes. 

Four units at the complex were destroyed, leaving eight residents displaced. 

But everyone escaped unscathed. 

The Gresham Fire Department said the fire broke out while someone on a first-floor patio was cooking chicken using oil. 

“It got away from them, burned the first floor, second floor, third floor in to the attic space,” said Battalion Chief Eric Lofgren. 

Lofgren said the vinyl siding along the apartment units caught fire quickly. 

Ronald Jones, who lives near the Parkwood Apartments, watched the fire from his home. He told KOIN 6 News he sends his condolences to the tenants who were displaced. 

“I hope that they’re safe for the holidays … that they can find shelter,” said Jones. 

An apartment fire in Gresham as seen from a nearby house, Dec. 15, 2018 (Courtesy of Ron Jones) 

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