Family trapped when flames tear through their townhome

Family trapped when flames tear through their townhome »Play Video
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ALOHA, Ore. - A father and son are in critical condition following a two-alarm fire Thursday morning at their Aloha townhouse.

Gang Huo, 34, and Tengyuan Huo, 11, were rushed to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. The mother, Jia Zeng, 40, was taken to St. Vincent Hospital. She was discharged later Thursday.

The fire broke out early Thursday at a home in the 3100 block of Southwest Jaden Drive.

Neighbors said they woke up around 4:45 a.m. to a smoke alarm going off, but they didn't think much of it because the alarms in the units are really sensitive. But then they heard cries for help and knew that something was wrong.

Neighbor Frank Lovejoy said he went outside to investigate and saw flames and smoke coming from one of the units. He then went around back and saw a woman on the third floor calling for help. He got a ladder, but it was too short to reach her.

Neighbors also tried to get her to jump. She wouldn't. Arriving firefighters stepped in to rescue the woman. They also found the 11-year-old in a second-story hallway and also found the father on the third floor.

Neighbors watched in horror as the house went up in flames.

"All three floors had flames leaping out of the windows," Lovejoy said. "Windows popping -- things like that."

Their townhome was an end unit in a row of eight and because there are fire walls in the building, the flames did not spread much further.

Investigators were on the scene looking for a cause. At this point it appears the fire started in the garage.

All that is left of the townhouse is a burnt shell.