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Fatal fire strikes condo unit in LO

Dedrea Lee Decker dies in blaze
by: Vern Uyetake, One person died Tuesday afternoon following a two-alarm fire at the Oswego Summit condominiums in the Mountain Park area.

A two-alarm fire at a Lake Oswego condominium killed one person and damaged seven other units in Oswego Summit Tuesday afternoon.

Lake Oswego firefighters responded to the call at 1:30 p.m. in the Mountain Park area and extinguished the fire within about 20 minutes with help from Portland Fire and Rescue, Clackamas County Fire District and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.

Clackamas County Fire District No. 1 spokesman John Hopkins said the blaze at the Oswego Summit condos started on a lower floor of the four-story building, which has wooden decks.

Name of the victim, Dedrea Lee Decker, 60, was released late Wednesday. Her body was found in her first-floor condo unit.

Twenty-five people were displaced by the fire, American Red Cross officials said.

The building is at the intersection of McNary Parkway and Oswego Summit in the Mountain Park area of Lake Oswego. It has no sprinkler system and has cedar shake shingle siding.

'Almost all apartment buildings here in the Northwest are built out of wood or have a wood substructure, and they tend to go up pretty quick,' said Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue spokesman Storm Smith, who talked with reporters at the scene.

An investigation of the incident continues.

Ryan Geddes contributed to this report.