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Quick action saves family from Wilsonville fire

by: COURTESY OF TVF&R - Five people were displaces early Saturday morning, June 21, by a fire that damaged two Courtside Drive apartments. A young man helped rush his two younger brothers out of the apartment after a smoke alarm woke him at about 12:30 a.m.A young man is credited with helping get his family safely out of a Wilsonville apartment on Courtside Drive that was damaged by fire early Saturday morning.

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue officials said the young man, whose name and age were not released, was awakened at about 12:30 a.m. June 21 by a smoke alarm and the smell of smoke in his apartment at 29540 Courtside Drive. When the young man went to the second floor of the apartment, he found flames and heavy smoke. He rushed his two younger brothers out of the apartment and called 911. Nearby residents also fled their apartments.

The young man was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. No one else was injured.

Firefighters arrived to flames coming from second-story windows on the back of the apartment. Firefighters said the blaze was confined to the apartment’s second floor, but it spread to the attic and into the space above an adjacent apartment. Flames also burst through the building’s roof.

It took fire crews about 35 minutes to bring the blaze under control. Two apartments had fire, smoke and water damage. Five people were displaced by the blaze.

Fire investigators are on the scene to determine its cause and estimate the amount of damage.