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Man found knocked out next to burning SUV

Investigation continues into cause of fire in Redland

Emergency responders in Redland on Thursday found an unconscious 49-year-old man who had been pulled away from his burning vehicle by a passerby.

At about 10:21 p.m. on June 14, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies and Clackamas Fire District No. 1 personnel responded to a report 1995 Chevy Tahoe on fire, with a man lying beside the vehicle, near the intersection of Redland and Potter roads.

Firefighters put out flames in the unoccupied vehicle, and a Life Flight helicopter transported the man to OHSU. He did not regain consciousness before being loaded on the helicopter. No updates on his condition are available at this time.

A subsequent investigation did not reveal how the fire had started on or near the backseat, but foul play is not suspected. The victim was forced to exit the vehicle. Investigators were not able to determine if the vehicle was in motion at the time it caught fire.

The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Anyone with information concerning this event is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line, by phone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form.