Apartment fire on Division brought under control
Two apartments destroyed
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.
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