Stranger helps family escape Tigard house fire

Credit: Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue


by KGW Staff

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Posted on July 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 19 at 1:19 PM

TIGARD, Ore. -- Someone walking by a Tigard home early Friday alerted four siblings inside that their home was on fire.

Ladaiju Reese, who lives at the Tigard home with her two brothers and sister, said she was sleeping around 5 a.m. when she heard someone pounding on the front door and yelling that there was a fire. 

The Good Samaritan then went to the back of the house and grabbed a hose. Reese was able to get her siblings out of the house safely.

Firefighters arrived at the house at 11925 SW Morning Hill Drive and found heavy black smoke coming from the attic. They were able to extinguish the flames within 20 minutes

The stranger left before Reese and her siblings were able to thank him. 

"I would tell him, you legitimately saved my life. Things in our house are replaceable but our lives are not," Reese said. "We just really thank you for all you did for us." 

The siblings are not able to live at the home due to damage and are planning on staying with family members for the time being. 

Firefighters said the Good Samaritan might have been a jogger. 

Investigators were working to determine the cause of the fire and the amount of damage it caused.


KGW Reporter Art Edwards contributed to this report.