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Man injured after report he was trapped in burning apartment in Vancouver’s Orchards neighborhood

By Craig Brown, Columbian Editor
Published: November 18, 2023, 11:10pm

A man was apparently briefly trapped, and seriously injured, in a burning apartment Saturday evening in Vancouver’s Orchards neighborhood. The man was taken to a hospital by a firefighter-paramedic and an ambulance crew, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.

Two apartments were damaged in the fire at the Nobl Park Apartments, 5909 N.E. 102nd Ave.

Vancouver firefighters were dispatched at 8:13 p.m. to the fire. The first units to arrive found smoke and flames coming from the back side of a ground-floor unit and called for a second alarm after being informed by neighbors that a man was trapped by the fire.

All six residents of the two apartments affected by the fire eventually made it to safety and were assisted by the American Red Cross. The fire was brought under control in about 15 minutes, but crews were on scene for several hours.

Dispatch records show nine engines, three ladder trucks and other units were summoned to the scene. Vancouver firefighters were assisted by Clark County Fire Rescue and Clark County Fire District 6.

The county fire marshal was on scene to investigate the cause.

According to its website the Nobl Park Apartments consist of large, two- and three-bedroom units with open kitchens that offer “complete view of the dining/great room makes it feel more like a home than an apartment.”

A view looking into the front door of a unit at the Nobl Park Apartments shows some of the damage.
A view looking into the front door of a unit at the Nobl Park Apartments shows some of the damage. (Vancouver Fire Department) Photo