Firefighters and paramedics worked for 30 minutes to try to revive an 87-year-old man after finding him in a burning Troutdale-area home Thursday night.
The paramedics weren't able to revive Donald Krebs and he was pronounced dead of smoke inhalation.
The fire broke out around 8 p.m. and the home on the 3000 block of SE 302nd Avenue was nearly 50-percent involved in flames at one point.
Neighbors called 911 after they reportedly saw smoke billowing from the home from more than a half-mile away. First-arriving firefighters try to make a search and rescue, but they were forced out by extreme heat.
There were no fire hydrants in the area, so the Boring Fire District and Sandy Fire District brought in three water tenders.
When crews finally made their way into the house, they found Krebs lying on the floor unconscious. They quickly brought him out and performed CPR, but were not able to revive him.
Fire crews tell FOX 12 Krebs lived alone, and they do not believe anyone else was at home at the time of the fire.
The cause of the fire has been ruled as accidental, but the exact origin is undetermined.
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Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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