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Suspicious Gresham apartment fire displaces at least 38 adults and children

Gresham police are asking the public's help to learn the cause of a two-alarm fire that displaced at least 38 adults and children in Gresham early Sunday.

Calling the fire "suspicious," police said at 4:20 a.m. on May 29, emergency personnel responded to 400 Northeast Cleveland Avenue after several reports of an apartment building that had caught on fire.

Arriving police and fire units found smoke and flames billowing out of a structure located in the center of the complex.

According to police, although no one was injured during this event, it is believed that at least 38 residents have been displaced. Investigators believe that the damage caused by this fire exceeds $500,000.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Gresham Police Department's tip line at 503-618-2719.

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to the fire at 6:15 a.m. They said it affected 21 adults, 17 children, and one pet. Red Cross responders provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected, such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.