UPDATE (WKOW) — One woman was taken to the hospital after a fire broke out in a house in Oregon.
Crews were called to the 200 block of S. Burr Oak Ave around 6:20 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they found a woman at the front door of the house. She was taken to the hospital, but the extent of her injuries are unknown.
“At this point, I was not present when she was transported. From what I’ve heard from our medic crews, I’m assuming it was probably inhalation, smoke that the victim took on. And they were transporting her again to the university clinic to be evaluated,” said Oregon Fire Chief Glenn Linzmeier.
The woman was the only person in the house when the fire started.
According to Linzmeier, the call was initially for a smoke alarm. As crews were in route, the call was upgraded to to structure fire.
“The crews indicated to me that the fire started someplace in the middle of the house. Maybe in that bathroom area,” he said. “Again, we have not had any chance to confirm this. Seems like that fire was contained in that floor. We cut a vent hole in the structure, as you can see behind me. To basically get the hot gasses and smoke from that building out.”
Crews had to cut a hole in the top of the structure to allow it to ventilate.
A firefighter voluntarily took himself to the hospital to be checked out for smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
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