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Tenant burned in downtown apartment fire

by: COURTESY OF GREG MUIR, PORTLAND FIRE BUREAU - A 50-year-old man was burned Monday afternoon in a downtown Portland apartment building fire.A 50-year-old man was burned in a Monday afternoon fire at a downtown Portland apartment building.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment of burns to his face and smoke inhalation. The man was a tenant of the building.

Portland firefighters were called at about 4:26 p.m. to the apartment building at 309 S.W. Fourth Ave., where they found a fire in a third-floor apartment.

The fire had been put out by the building’s sprinkler system and an alert neighbor using a fire extinguisher. Fire crews were kept busy removing water from several apartment units and a chiropractic college directly below the apartment.

Investigators said the fire was caused by a mix of home oxygen use and smoking. Damage was set at $1,000, but the amount could increase because of water damage.