Residents escape fire at West Linn duplex

Residents escape fire at West Linn duplex
(Photo: Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue)

WEST LINN, Ore. – Residents escaped a fire at a West Linn duplex early Wednesday morning.

None of the eight adults and three children living in the duplexes was hurt. Firefighters said they rescued and resuscitated a pet cat.

The fire started at 1986 Ostman Road just after 1 a.m.

Ross Adams lives with his family in one of the units. He woke up to someone yelling to call 9-1-1.

"It's a unit of duplexes. When we came outside the fire was in the one next to ours and the flames were brushing up against ours. They were rather large," he said.

Adams and his family all got out safely. Their building was not damaged.

Crews called for more resources with a second alarm after they arrived. Nearly 50 firefighters from multiple departments responded to the scene.

Firefighters said the fire was under control by 3 a.m.

Fire investigators said food left unattended while cooking caused the fire. Once the fire started, natural gas fed the flames. Four out of six units were damaged, according to Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.

Arman Peirari got his family out safely, but their unit was completely destroyed.

"We've lost everything," he said. "We just bought a house down the street, and I was going to give our notice today. We were just talking about boxing everything up."

In addition to all their belongings, they lost both their cars and a motorcycle.

The Red Cross is helping residents displaced by the fire.