A young man is recovering from burns to his face and torso after an explosion and fire at a condo in Portland's west hills.
The blast along Southwest Barnes Road blew out the back wall and windows of a second floor unit. The blast was linked to drugs, investigators said.
Nicholas Broms, 22, was making hashish when the blast occurred, investigators said. Hashish is a derivative of marijuana, and the process can increase the drug's potency, they added.
It's believed that Broms was using chemicals that at one point became unstable and caused the explosion, investigators said.
The blast blew some furniture and other belongings over a 50-foot area out the back side of the condo, investigators said.
A neighbor, Taylor Brown, heard the explosion, ran outside and noticed that Broms had suffered burns, he said. Brown went inside the condo, turned off the stove, and used several nearby fire extinguishers to put out some of the flames until firefighters arrived.
"It was really hot. I had managed to put my sweatshirt over my face and kind of escaped some of the fumes and spray everything out," said Brown. "But there were just a few spots that were rather engulfed and managed to keep myself away from the smoke."
Brown's quick actions helped keep the fire from spreading to nearby condos, investigators said. But it's best to stay out of a burning building and let firefighters handle the situation once they arrive, they added.
Broms was the only person in the condo at the time, investigators said. He was taken to the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. He was last listed in stable condition.
Several nearby condos were evacuated as a precaution. No one else was hurt.
Broms was legally allowed to have the marijuana, but it's illegal to change the drugs composition in a way that puts others in danger, investigators said. Charges could be filed in the future, they added.
Copyright 2012 KPTV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:13 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:13:30 GMT
Washington State Patrol is trying to track down a hit-and-run driver in a black Ford F150 pickup truck. State Trooper William Finn said the pickup driver ran a truck and trailer off the road on InterstateMore >
Washington State Patrol is trying to track down a hit-and-run driver in a black Ford F150 pickup truck.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:45:05 GMT
Portland police have arrested the suspect in an assault and stabbing in Northeast Portland. James Moultrie was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on assault, kidnap, rape and sodomy charges.Police respondedMore >
Portland police have arrested the suspect in an assault and stabbing in Northeast Portland. James Moultrie was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on assault, kidnap, rape and sodomy charges.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:32 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:32:38 GMT
Friends and family will gather Thursday night for a candlelight vigil to remember Ivanice Harris. Harris was last seen a week ago at a bar in Waikiki, Hawaii. According to family, she was in Hawaii toMore >
Friends and family will gather Thursday night for a candlelight vigil to remember Ivanice Harris.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:44 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:44:59 GMT
A family of three was pulled from a burning condo in Aloha during a two-alarm fire Thursday morning. Washington County deputies were first to respond to the home at Southwest Jaden Drive at 4:47 a.m. TheyMore >
Gang Huo and his 11-year-old son, Tengyuan, are in critical condition at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:56 AM EDT2013-05-22 04:56:12 GMT
The body of a missing Portland woman has been found in Hawaii. A medical examiner's office in Hawaii confirmed Tuesday the body of Ivanice Harris was found near Yokohama Bay. A cause of death has notMore >
The medical examiner's office in Hawaii confirmed Tuesday the body of Ivanice Harris was found near Yokohama Bay. A cause of death has not yet been determined.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:06 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:06:27 GMT
Police in Vancouver have received several reports of batteries being stolen from RVs in the area. Detectives are now looking for the person behind the thefts. Fox 12 spoke with Vancouver resident AlexisMore >
Police in Vancouver have seen a spike of RV battery thefts in recent days.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:55 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:55:08 GMT
(RNN) - Dozens of Cleveland restaurants have pledged to give the man who rescued three Ohio women from captivity, free burgers for life. Charles Ramsey, the guy who famously stopped eating his Big MacMore >
More than a dozen of Cleveland restaurants have pledged to give the man who rescued three Ohio women from captivity, free burgers for life.More >