Man killed, neighbors displaced in Aloha duplex explosion and fire
One man was killed and three people were displaced after an apparent explosion and fire in an Aloha duplex late Saturday.
The names of the victims were not immediately released. The cause of the explosion and fire is under investigation.
The duplex is in the 19000 block of Teddi Rose Court near Beaverton. Several people called 911 around midnight to say they heard the explosion.
When Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded, they found a garage door in the road and flames coming out a second story window. Washington County Sheriff's deputies evacuated nearby homes as a precaution while crews fought the fire.
Because the fire was so intense, crews first worked to get the exterior flames under control and then transitioned to fight the fire inside of the duplex. After they entered, crews were met with heavy flames coming from the second floor and thus methodically worked their way up the stairs to suppress the fire.
When crews gained access to the second floor, they discovered the remains of an adult male victim. The Washington County Medical Examiner was called to the scene and is working with local law enforcement to identify the victim and notify next of kin.
The Red Cross responded to assist three people who were displaced from the adjoining unit.
More information will be reported when it is available.
KOIN New 6 contributed to this story.