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Man suffers burns after explosion, fire at Sylvan condo

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

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.

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