ALOHA, Ore -- Severe smoke inhalation and other possible life-threatening injuries have hospitalized an Aloha woman and her son after an early morning house fire.
Firefighters were called to house fire on Southwest 214th Place near August Street after 3:15 a.m. Wednesday.
A woman in her 50s was asleep in her bedroom and her 21-year-old son and his three friends were in the next room when the flames broke out.
According to witnesses, the friends were upstairs playing video games as the smoke alarm went off. Flames came out of the bedroom where the mother was sleeping, witnesses said. The woman's son tried to pull her out but was overcome by the fire and had to leave her for firefighters to rescue.
The friends attempted to put out the fire with a hose, but the flames were too strong.
Kyle Ellis was one of the people who escaped the fire.
"The flames as soon as I walked up the stairs," Ellis said. "All I could see was a cloud of smoke in front of my eyes. I couldn't see. It was just right there. I didn't know where to go. I couldn't even go to Seth's room, it was just right there in front of me."
Walker Mallison a spokesperson for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said the fire was challenging even for professionals.
"Crews had to ascend the stairs with heavy fire in several rooms and conduct the search with smoke and fire down to the floor level," Mallison said.
Firefighters carried the woman out. She and her son were taken to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, firefighters said.
The woman's name has not been released. Investigators continued to work on pinpointing the fire's origin and cause.