Albany (Ore.) responders rescued two people from an apartment fire on Saturday night. The two occupants were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.
The occupants reported smoke in their apartment on Hill Street SE at about 11:20 p.m. and said they couldn’t get out of the one-story, four-unit apartment building. Firefighters were on the scene in about three minutes after receiving the call and found smoke coming from the windows and one bedroom involved with fire.
An Albany police officer entered the building and rescued one of the occupants and a second was rescued by firefighters during a search of the unit. The bedroom of the affected apartment suffered significant fire damage while heavy smoke damage occurred throughout the other units. Due to the damage, all four units were uninhabitable. The residents were given temporary housing assistance after the blaze.
Quick work by the Albany firefighters contained the fire to the bedroom and the attic immediately above the room and the fire was under control in about 20 minutes. Firefighters spent a little more than an hour on the scene making sure there was no extension or hidden fire in the walls and attic. An overnight fire watch conducted as a precaution.
Twenty Fire Department personnel responded to the emergency call along with the Albany Police Department who assisted at the scene. Off duty Albany firefighters, and firefighters from Lebanon Fire District and the Corvallis Fire Department, also responded to the city to handle subsequent emergency calls during this incident.
The cause of this fire is under investigation and the dollar loss has not been determined.
There were no injuries to police officers and fire fighters reported as a result of this incident.