WILSONVILLE, OR (KPTV) – A massive fire in a Wilsonville neighborhood early Sunday destroyed an apartment complex that was under construction and significantly damaged at least 20 condominiums, according to firefighters.
Just after 1 a.m., multiple 911 callers reported that a 3-story apartment complex that was under construction in the 11000 block of Southwest Collina Lane was engulfed in flames.
WILD video of massive fire in Wilsonville. Flames destroyed up to 20 condos, many displaced. 14 vehicles torched. “It looked apocalyptic” said a neighbor who evacuated. No word on cause. Thank you @TVFR & more crews for their hard work🔥🎥:Maui Hernandez #fox12 #fire #Wilsonville pic.twitter.com/Uu6rCSnDiH— Bonnie Silkman KPTV (@BonnieSilkman) April 1, 2019
Witnesses reported seeing flames as much as 100 feet high.
The fire occurred in the Villebois community, where condominiums, apartments and row homes are densely packed together, according to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. Within minutes, several neighbors reported that the fire was spreading to their homes.
Firefighters are protecting occupied builldings exposed to fire. Media staging on corner of Barber Street and Villebois Drive. TVF&R is being assisted by @CanbyFire and @aurorafire63 and @LakeOswegoFire. pic.twitter.com/OxLMpjq3NO— TVF&R (@TVFR) March 31, 2019
TVF&R along with crews from the Lake Oswego Fire Department, Canby Fire District and Aurora Fire District worked through the night to control the original blaze, evacuate residents and extinguish fires in occupied buildings.
The fire was considered under control by about 4 a.m.
Firefighters remained on scene through Sunday morning to keep the burned pile of debris cool and to make sure hot spots don’t flare up.
Crews said at least 20 occupied condominiums sustained significant damage or will be considered a total loss. They said dozens more units had blown out windows or siding damage due to the intense radiant heat.
A construction shack, construction equipment, and about 14 cars and trucks were also destroyed.
TVF&R said many people have been displaced because of the fire, but fortunately no one was injured.
The Red Cross is helping about 25 people at the scene, but many others are staying with friends or relatives.
Firefighters just posted this daylight video -- showing the aftermath of this morning's massive fire. Nobody was hurt, but several families lost their homes. The cause is under investigation & crews are looking at surveillance video/doorbell cams to learn more. @fox12oregon https://t.co/H9vICRN5AQ— Kelsey Watts (@KelseyWattsKPTV) March 31, 2019
Suzanne Dickson told FOX 12 she woke up to her windows shattering, and had to run outside with her 6-year-old granddaughter.
“It was terrifying. It’s terrifying when you have glass shards flying,” she said. “I remembered thinking, ‘I just wanna go home and go to bed,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh, there’s no going home and going to bed tonight.’ Yeah, that was tough.”
Levi Hazelett lives about a block from where the fire started. He said he woke up to popping sounds and a wave of heat, and ran outside to move his car before it caught fire. While he was doing that, Hazelett realized there may have been some people still asleep and unaware the fire was growing.
“I ran across and just started pounding on people’s doors,” he said.
Hazelett only made it to four homes before he had to turn around. The heat had blistered his neck and arm.
“I just started feeling it and I just had to start running away just cause it was super intense,” he said.
Quench Taproom was collecting donations all day for people affected by the fire. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help people who were affected by the fire.
Lux Sucre Desserts, located at 31840 Southwest Charbonneau Drive, will be holding a fundraiser event for victims on Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division is working with TVF&R and an Oregon State Police investigator to determine the cause of the fire.
Anyone who saw something suspicious or lives in the area and has surveillance footage of someone or something suspicious is urged to call the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency Line at 503-655-8211 or leave a tip at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp and reference CCSO case #19-007264.
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