Oxygen tanks have been reported to be the cause of a Gresham apartment fire leaving dozens of people without homes in the freezing weather. The fire originated from a first floor apartment and residents became aware of a fire when sounds of explosions alerted them. Firefighters were delayed as the nearest fire hydrant was frozen and had to use others nearby. Eight units were destroyed.
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From PORTLAND, Ore. – About 45 people stayed at a Red Cross shelter in Portland after they were displaced due to a fire at Hotel Alder Wednesday afternoon.
Portland Fire and Rescue tweeted just before 4 p.m. that the fire was under control. One person suffered an unknown medical condition.
The fire started at the Hotel Alder, located near Southwest 4th Avenue and Alder Street, just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to Portland Fire & Rescue. The fire was on multiple floors of the building.
No one was injured following a fire at Hotel Alder but 100 residents were left without a home. The fire had reached multiple floors as fire crews were slow arriving to the location due to Portland traffic. Firefighters were fighting against the cold and wind gusts that threatened to push the fire further throughout the building. All residents were accounted for with many seeking shelter with the Red Cross.