Boy, 3, falls from second-floor window

Sent to hospital with serious injuries

By Craig Brown, Columbian metro editor

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A 3-year-old boy suffered serious injuries Saturday evening when he fell from a second-floor window at a Vancouver home.

The accident occurred about 9 p.m. at the One Lake Place Condominiums, 5264 N.E. 121st Ave.

Kevin Stromberg, a spokesman for the Vancouver Fire Department, said the boy fell approximately 15 feet from an open window into some bark dust. He was conscious after the fall, but suffered apparent multiple fractures to his arms and legs.

He was transported by a trauma team to Randall Children's Hospital, which is part of Portland's Legacy Emanuel Medical Center complex.

Stromberg didn't have any details of how the accident happened. The boy's name was not released.

"We are getting into the warmer months. This is at least two or three (similar calls) we have responded to this year," Stromberg said.

To prevent accidents, parents can purchase inexpensive locks at any hardware or home improvement store, or even lay a dowel in the window track to prevent the window from opening wide enough for a child to fall.