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Gresham Firefighter Injured

Fire Likely Caused by Candle

Courtesy of City of Gresham


At approximately 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, Gresham Fire Department and Portland Fire and Rescue responded to the reports of a duplex on fire at the 1300 block of Southeast 182nd Street. Due to the quick work of the responding crews, the fire was able to be contained to a single duplex unit and no civilians were injured.  


This was a complex response as the nature of the fire evolved rapidly. During the incident, three Gresham Firefighters sustained injuries and were transported to the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Two of the Firefighters have been treated and released. However, Firefighter Spencer Tejedas remains hospitalized at this time.  Firefighter Tejedas suffered severe burns on over 45% of his body.


“Incidents of this nature are a harrowing reminder that despite our best efforts with robust training and protective gear just how dangerous the job of a firefighter is,” said Gresham Fire Chief Scott Lewis. “Our hearts go out to the entire Tejedas family.” 


After further investigation, it has been determined that the fire was accidental and caused by an unattended candle.  


Firefighter Spencer Tejedas remains in critical but stable condition.  He was tentatively scheduled for surgery Monday, June 3. The family wants to express their thanks for the outpouring of support they have received from the community. There are no further updates at this time. 

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