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10th-grader critically hurt in 2-alarm apartment blaze


THREE PEOPLE DEAD ON MOTHER’S DAY OF LAST YEAR. JEFF: FAMILY MEMBERS ARE PRAYING FOR A TEENAGER PULLED FROM A BURNING APARTMENT BUILDING LAST NIGHT. JENNIFER: THE TWO ALARM FIRE BROKE OUT AROUND 6:00 LAST NIGHT AT THE APARTMENTS AT SOUTHEAST 81ST AND MAIN STREET. OUR AMY FRAZIER IS LIVE IN SOUTHEAST PORTLAND. SHE SPOKE WITH THE TEEN’S FAMILY TODAY. AMY: FAMILY MEMBERS TELL ME THE TEEN HAS BURNS ON MUCH OF HIS BODY. FIREFIGHTERS HERE PULLED HIM FROM A SECOND STORY APARTMENT. A DAY AFTER A 15-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS NEARLY LOST IN THIS FIRE, HIS FATHER AND OTHER RELATIVES RETURNED TO THEIR APARTMENT TO SALVAGE A FEW BELONGINGS. YEP, JUST 15 YEARS OLD, AND HE’S A GOOD BOY. AMY: I’M TOLD THE FAMILY RECENTLY MOVED HERE FROM VIETNAM, AND THE 15-YEAR-OLD IS A STUDENT AT FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL. I SPOKE WITH HIS SISTER TODAY BY PHONE. SHE ASKED US NOT TO USE HER BROTHER’S NAME, BUT SAYS THE TEEN’S PARENTS WERE AT WORK WHEN THE FIRE BROKE OUT. THE SISTER AND OTHER RELATIVES SAY HE SUFFERED FROM SMOKE INHALATION AND BURNS. BURNED A LOT. HE BURNED A LOT. AMY: FIRE INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT CAUSED THE FIRE THAT SENT RESIDENTS RUNNING FROM THEIR APARTMENTS AROUND 6:00 MONDAY NIGHT. I WAS ABOUT TO EAT AND THEY RAN DOWNSTAIRS AND THEY WERE YELLING AND TELLING US TO GET OUT. AMY: A NEARBY BUSINESS OWNER RUSHED OVER TO HELP AFTER SEEING THE FLAMES FROM SEVERAL BLOCKS AWAY. FIRE TRUCKS WERE GETTING OUT HERE AT THE SAME TIME AND PEOPLE WERE STANDING OUTSIDE AND THEY WERE IN SHOCK. AND I DIDN’T KNOW THAT SOMEBODY WAS STILL INSIDE. AMY: FIREFIGHTERS SEARCHING FOR PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE TRAPPED FOUND THE TEEN UNCONSCIOUS INSIDE HIS APARTMENT AND CARRIED HIM OUT. THE 15-YEAR-OLD IS NOW BEING CARED FOR AT THE LEGACY OREGON BURN CENTER, WHERE HE’S LISTED IN CRITICAL BUT STABLE CONDITION. AS FOR THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE, THE RED CROSS IS HELPING 17 ADULTS AND SIX CHILDREN WITH THINGS LIKE A PLACE TO STAY, FOOD, AND CLOTHING. TONIGHT, THE CAUSE OF THIS FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION. REPORTING LIVE IN SOUTHEAST

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