Firefighters rescue dogs during apartment fire, nobody hurt

Firefighters rescue dogs during apartment fire, nobody hurt
Photo courtesy Clackamas Fire District #1

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Fourteen people were displaced from their homes after a fast-moving fire burned through a Clackamas apartment building on Saturday morning.

When firefighters arrived at the Crown Court Apartments on SE 97th Avenue around 11:40 a.m. they found people throwing wrapped Christmas presents from the second floor of the burning apartment building, according to Clackamas Fire District spokesman Jed Walker.

The original callers reported “intense flames and smoke from the exterior deck,” Walker said.

Heavy, dark smoke could be seen from Clackamas Town Center about a mile away. KATU News took calls from people in the area who were spooked by the sound of so many sirens after last week’s shooting at the mall.

All of the people in the building managed to safely get out and firefighters also rescued several dogs, Walker said. The dogs were all reunited with their grateful owners.

The first firefighters to arrive called for backup due to the difficulties of fighting a fire in a large apartment building. They managed to get the fire out in about 20 minutes, Walker said.

The Red Cross is now helping the people who are out of a home.

Fire investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started.