1 dead, 5 injured after three-alarm fire at retirement center in St. Helens

  • Source: KPTV-TV FOX 12 Portland
  • Published: 10/05/2022 12:00 AM

One resident has died and five others were injured after a three-alarm fire at a retirement center in St. Helens early Wednesday morning. Just after 12:30 a.m., Columbia River Fire & Rescue crews responded to a fire at the Columbia Hills Retirement Center on Pittsburg Road. Crews arrived to the scene and found the retirement home fully involved in fire. In total, 29 people were evacuated from the retirement center, six people had to be pulled out by firefighters. FOX 12 learned from a battalion chief on scene that one resident has died. Five other residents were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. A police officer and firefighter sustained minor injuries and were able to drive themselves to the hospital. The fire has been knocked down but crews will remain on scene to extinguish any hot spots. Six apartments at the center were destroyed by the fire.


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