A 78-year-old man was pulled from a burning Forest Grove house by a neighbor Saturday. No one else was injured in the fire, which displaced a family of five from their home in the 3000 block of Brittany Drive.
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue officials called the actions of the neighbor "nothing less that heroic" in a Facebook posting. The resident was transported to Tuality Hospital with minor injuries. His condition was not immediately released.
According to FGR&R, crews arrived at the home Saturday afternoon to find a moderate smoke coming from it. They were able to enter the structure and extinguish the flames that were confined to the living room.
The injured resident said that a child was still in the building, and this information was confirmed minutes later by siblings returning home from school. Firefighters immediately began searching floor to ceiling in the unit for a young child. After almost 30 minutes of searching the house multiple times, a family member arrived on scene with the missing child, who was safe and wasn't home at the time of the incident.
A fire investigator and Forest Grove Police Officers are working on what caused the fire. The smoke alarms for this unit were not working at the time of the fire. FGF&R reminds everyone to always have a working smoke alarm in your residence by the bedrooms and on every floor. Also test your smoke alarm monthly to make sure they work correctly.
The Facebook posting can be read at www.facebook.com/Forest-Grove-Fire-Rescue-145233471429/.
The Red Cross arrived in the scene to assist the family by providing temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, recovery information, disaster health services and disaster mental health services.
The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/news/article/or/portland/Home-Fire-Preparedness-Campaign-Educates-Saves-Lives to schedule an appointment.
The organization also offers free emergency preparedness information at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m35240363_prepare_a_resource_guide3.pdf.