UPDATE: 'Smoker carelessness' leads to third degree burns
A disabled Oak Grove couple is homeless after their mobile home was destroyed early Wednesday in a fast-moving fire.
Victor Greenwood, 61, was taken to the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel Hospital and was in critical but stable condition with third-degree burns on his arms. He also suffered some lung damage from the smoke.
'It's going to be touch and go for a while,' said Steve McAdoo of Clackamas Fire.
McAdoo said firefighters found Greenwood unconscious just inside the door of the mobile home in the Concord Terrace Mobile Home Park at 3500 S.E. Concord Road in Oak Grove.
'He made it close enough to the front door before he collapsed. His wife had left 15 minutes before the fire for an medical appointment, which was lucky because she probably would have died,' McAdoo said, adding that Greenwood's wife, Jeanine Higgage, uses a wheelchair.
The couple had a pet Chihuahua and two cats, but there was no sign of them.
The alarm was called in at 5:45 a.m. by multiple people, either neighbors or passersby who noticed the smoke, McAdoo said. Firefighters and emergency personnel were on the scene within two minutes because the Oak Grove Fire Station is close by, he said, yet the structure was completely engulfed by the time they arrived.
McAdoo said fire investigators determined this week that "smoker carelessness" was the cause of the fire.
The American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter responded to the incident with food, clothing and lodging.