Portland, Oregon – An apartment went up in flames early this morning in Northeast Portland, at least one person and some pets did not make it out. It broke out just before 3:30am on NE 160th between Burnside and Glisan. When fire fighters arrived at the single story apartment one unit was fully involved in flames, and they were concerned it could spread to other units. Crews had the fire out within minutes. We heard on the emergency scanner radio that crews could hear people screaming when they arrived. Witnesses who live nearby say it was a Grandma inside the fire who didn’t make it out. Three relatives including an 8 year old girl were sent to the hospital with smoke inhalation. 4 pets died too. The Red Cross was called in to help survivors.
Cause of the fire is a faulty electrical cord. Investigators say smoke alarms did not have any batteries in them.
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