Today the house that Sumner resident Jody Gray and her son live in suffered a horrible fire and the house is a total loss.
Jody has lived in this house since 1964 and has been active in the neighborhood all these years. We are thankful that Jody made it out okay, but all of her belongings are gone. She only left with what she was wearing. Her son has third degree burns on his hands and will be in the hospital for awhile. They are getting help from Red Cross and she is staying with close friends.
There have been a large number of neighbors asking how they can help so there is a meeting scheduled for:
Thursday, March 24, 2016
CNN office (behind the fire station)
4415 NE 87th Avenue
Portland, OR 97220
We will discuss how we, as neighbors, can help Jody and her son through this difficult time. Please come and give your suggestions, input and support.
You can help out on their gofundme page set up by friends.
UPDATE: You can also stop into the CNN office (behind the fire station) 4415 NE 87th Ave. to donate via cash or check. See Ronda and she will give a receipt.
KPTV – FOX 12
From Portland Fire & Rescue:
3/22/2016 8:41 AM-This morning Portland Firefighters were called to a house on fire at 4626 NE 89th. When fire crews arrived they noted heavy fire throughout a single story home. Some of the firefighters worked to extinguish the fire while others searched for trapped occupants. This fire was made more hazardous by an energized power line that was down in the street in front of the residence.
Both of the occupants (an elderly female and her adult son) were found outside the structure. The son was transported to the Legacy Oregon Burn Center with injuries that don’t appear to be life threatening. The mother was uninjured. Fire crews have knocked down a majority of the fire, however they remain on scene while they search for hidden fire and remove burning material. The power company responded and removed the hazardous power line.
The home suffered significant damage and the residents will be displaced. The American Red Cross will be assisting the residents with shelter and any other needs as they recover. An investigator is working to determine the cause of this fire. Damage is estimated at $50,000 minimum.