At about 3:47 p.m. today, firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire &
Rescue were called to a reported apartment fire at the St. James Apartments in
the 11000 block of Southwest Hall Boulevard in Tigard. Multiple callers to 911
reported a fire in an upstairs apartment at this location, with a possible fire
victim located outside.
First-arriving units from Tigard Station 51
located a fire victim at the entrance to the apartment complex, and the
apartment involved in fire at the rear of the complex across an open
courtyard. Crews from TVF&R and Metro West
Ambulance began to immediately provide lifesaving treatment to the patient,
while additional fire crews began to attack the apartment fire.
The fire was confined to a single, upstairs apartment unit with no fire
spread to adjacent units. The patient was the only occupant home at
the time of the fire. Three additional residents of the apartment
will be displaced as a result of the fire. All other occupants from the
building were able to return to their apartments after firefighters cleared the
The patient, an adult male, was transported to the burn center at Legacy
Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. His condition is currently unknown.
Firefighters did locate an unconscious dog inside the apartment while
searching for other victims. The dog was transported by Tigard Police to a
24-hour veterinary clinic in Tualatin for treatment. The status of the animal
is unknown at this time.
Firefighters from TVF&R were assisted on scene by Lake Oswego Fire
Department, Metro West Ambulance, and Tigard Police Department. Fire investigators from
TVF&R are on scene and will be working through the night to determine the
cause of the fire.
The apartments had working smoke alarms but did not have a fire sprinkler system. When a fire sprinkler system is present, the likelihood of injuries and costly damage is dramatically reduced. More information about fire sprinkler systems can be found here.