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Fatal NE Portland Apartment Fire Sparked by Fireworks

PORTLAND, Ore. — Investigators have confirmed that the fire that killed two people and injured at least four others at the Heidi Manor Apartments near Northeast 22nd and Weidler early on the morning of Sunday, July 4th was sparked by fireworks.  Witnesses reported that fireworks had been set off in the area.

The victims were identified on Wednesday afternoon as Robert Gremillion and Seth Thompson, both 31.

Robert Gremillion, 31.
Seth Thompson, 31.










A 25-year-old woman is in the hospital with critical injuries.

The apartment complex is made up of three separate buildings.  The fire destroyed all but one.

“The magnitude of this fire moved so quick that people had little time to escape and many did not. This is a tragic day for our City. I want to first acknowledge the pain and suffering of the victims and their families. I also want to praise the heroic efforts of the firefighters and residents that worked together to save so many victims under extreme conditions. If not for their efforts there would be a much greater loss,” said Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty visited the scene to show their support.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact Detective Meredith Hopper at (503) 793-9271 or [email protected]

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