Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites


Apartment fire on Division brought under control

Two apartments destroyed


Photo Credit: OUTLOOK PHOTO: TROY WAYRYNEN - Gresham firefighters walk by an apartment engulfed in flames as they battled the two-alarm blaze Monday, Sept. 15, at Golfside Apartments, 1999 N.E. Division St.Gresham firefighters responded shortly before 2 p.m. to the scene of a fire at the Golfside Apartments, 1999 N.E. Division St., in Gresham.

Apartment residents were evacuated, and the fire was quickly brought under control.

The fire brought out at least nine firetrucks, most from Gresham and at least one from Portland, which responded quickly.

At the scene, Gresham Police Chief Craig Junginger said police were concentrating on traffic control as firefighters hosed streaming jets of water onto two apartments, upper and lower, at the apartment complex near the corner of Division Street and 242nd Avenue. No injuries were reported, he said.

Apartment resident Nicholas Falkenhagen believes someone started the fire on his ground-floor patio.



“I heard someone yell (an obscenity) and then heard glass breaking,” he said. But Falkenhagen said he continued watching TV until he heard someone yell, “Fire!” so after briefly battling the blaze, he grabbed his toddler son and got out of the building with only the clothes on his back.

“I tried to put it out, but I couldn't,” he said.

Both Falkenhagen's apartment and the one above it in the two-story structure appeared blackened by smoke and burned out by about 2:30 p.m. when the flames had subsided but smoke was still evident from the building.

A spokeswoman for the Gresham Fire Department said a full report should be available within the next two days. Look for more details in Friday's edition of The Outlook.

The video link attached to this story was provided by Jesse Alexander.

Photo Credit: OUTLOOK PHOTO: TROY WAYRYNEN - Residents of the Golfside Apartments, 1999 N.E. Division St., watch as firefighters battle to contain the one-alarm fire reported just before 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15.

Photo Credit: OUTLOOK PHOTO: TROY WAYRYNEN - Gresham firefighters spray water on the Golfside Apartment fire.

Photo Credit: OUTLOOK PHOTO: TROY WAYRYNEN - Gresham firefighters establish a perimeter around the damaged Golfside Apartments, while other firefighter inspect the damage on the roof.

Photo Credit: OUTLOOK PHOTO: TROY WAYRYNEN - Gresham firefighters douse the damaged structure at Golfside Apartments moments after the fire was brought under control.

Add a comment



Local Weather

Fair

70°F

Gresham

Fair

Humidity: 44%

Wind: 0 mph

  • 15 Sep 2014

    Mostly Clear 92°F 58°F

  • 16 Sep 2014

    Partly Cloudy 80°F 58°F