Fireworks sparked Portland apartment blaze, teen charged
A 17-year-old has been charged for allegedly setting off the illegal fireworks that sparked a July 5 apartment blaze that left multiple residents suffering from injuries.
Around 50 firefighters were needed to extinquish the fire at 3918 N.E. Garfield Ave., according to a news release from Portland Fire & Rescue. Multiple people were treated for smoke inhalation and heat-related injuries, while a woman suffered "serious" harm after jumping from a third-story window to escape the flames.
The three-alarm fire happened shortly after residents reported seeing illegal fireworks being used in the area.
After a monthslong investigation, authorities identified a 17-year-old suspect, who has been charged with reckless endangering and possession and use of illegal fireworks.
"It is not known if additional suspects or charges are to come at this time," according to a news release.
Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who oversees the fire bureau, asked residents not to use illegal fireworks in a statement, saying offenders will be prosecuted.
You can watch footage of the fire here.
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