Fire leaves Aloha father, son critical

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Fire leaves Aloha father, son critical

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by Ashley Korslien and Michael Rollins, KGW Staff

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Posted on May 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 5 at 6:06 AM

BEAVERTON -- Parents and an 11-year-old child were pulled from an Aloha apartment engulfed in flames Thursday morning in a two-alarm fire at a townhouse complex at 3159 SW Jaden Drive.

The  father, Gang Huo ,34,  and his son, Tengyuan Huo, were taken to Legacy Emanuel hospital, according to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

The mother, Jia Zeng, 40, was taken to Providence St. Vincent and later transferred to Legacy Emanuel hospital. She was released Thursday afternoon.

Huo and his son both required CPR, the agency said.  Huo was listed in critical condition  but is his son was upgraded to serious Thursday night.

Neighbors were first alerted when they heard a building fire alarm about 4:50 a.m. Neighbors tried to use a ladder to reach a second floor in a rescue attempt. The ladder was too short. Fire crews arrived  and pulled out the trio.

Among the neighbors was Frank Lovejoy, who went outside to check and heard another neighbor screaming at him to get help. He grabbed the ladder along with a Washington County sheriff's deputy in a futile attempt to reach the family.

" We were trying to get her to jump," said neighbor Hanna Harrison,her husband and another neighbor  imploring them to leap. "My husband and her husband were down there saying 'jump jump! We will catch you we will catch you!"

But flames were consuming the unit, especially the garage door in front of the unit.

"There really wasn't anything more we could do," Lovejoy said. "The whole house was engulfed in flames on all three floors."

The neighbors said minutes after fire crews arrived, the mother was pulled from the home. After what seemed about 15 minutes, the father and son were brought out.

Crews found the mother on the third floor, along with the father. The boy was on the second floor. The cause remains under investigation.

"I just hope they are okay," Harrison said, "I pray to God they are okay."


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