Woman burned in Government Camp fire


by KGW Staff


Posted on March 31, 2011 at 8:05 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 31 at 8:49 PM

GOVERNMENT CAMP -- A woman jumped from a second-story deck late Wednesday evening as fire engulfed an apartment building during a party.

Courtney Torres, 24, was taken to Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center in Gresham. She jumped down onto about eight feet of hard-packed snow.

Raw audio: Fire 9-1-1 calls

Dispatch calls reveal frustrated callers waiting for volunteer firefighters to arrive as the fire burned.

While waiting for units to arrive a small number of people threw bottles and a fire extinguisher at fire crews. No serious injuries were reported.

Initial reports said Torres hurt her arm making the jump but it turns out her arm was already broken. A splint on her arm started to melt in the fire. She suffered burns over seven-percent of her body.

Her mother, Kim Torres, told KGW there was a small gathering at the apartment Wednesday night but then it grew and things got rowdy so everyone was asked to leave. Then, she said, some of the people who had been kicked out of the party lit mortars and cherry bombs and threw them at the front door.

The Hoodland Fire Department said it was investigating the fire as a possible arson but no arrests had been made yet. Witnesses told KGW they know exactly who did it.

The fire was reported about 11:30 p.m. and several units were damaged at the Summit Apartments.

Local resident Drew Miller praised the response of Hoodland fire fighters, who saved his home from the flames.