Teen pulled from burning apartment near 82nd Avenue, suffers life-threatening injuries

Firefighters work to put out a fire at an apartment near Southeast 82nd Avenue and Main Street on Monday night. The fire injured a teenage boy. (KATU Photo)

Firefighters pulled a teenage boy out of a burning apartment in Southeast Portland on Monday night.

The fire broke out just after 6 p.m. in an apartment building near SE 82nd Avenue and Main Street.

Our reporter at the scene said firefighters carried the victim out of the burning apartment unit. They said they found him unconscious.

Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman Damon Simmons said the boy was seriously injured and sustained life-threatening injuries.

He was transported to the Legacy Oregon Burn Center.

Officials called out a second alarm response for the fire, mainly because someone had been injured.

Simmons said two apartments were damaged in the blaze. The fire also caused minor damage to a building next door.

Firefighters arrived to find large flames coming out of windows and from a balcony. Simmons said firefighters got the blaze under control in about 30 minutes.

No one else was injured. The fire displaced 17 adults and six children, according to the Red Cross, which will be helping them with temporary housing, food and clothing.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Correction: Portland Fire & Rescue initially identified the victim as an adult, but later clarified he is a teenager.

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