PORTLAND, Ore -- A drug-related chemical explosion took the wall off a second story condominium unit in southwest Portland shortly after 7pm.
The explosion and fire that followed sent a man to the Emanuel Hospital burn center for treatment, said the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue spokesman on scene at the Sylvan Heights condo complex at 7450 SW Barnes Rd.
Sgt. Bob Ray, Washington County Sheriff's Office, says the victim was cooking drugs prior to the explosion. The drug unit and hazardous materials team were called to secure and process the scene and determine exactly what happened.
Neighbors heard the explosion followed by screams from the victim, who is not yet identified.
"I was actually in the shower and just hanging up my towel and I hear this explosion and all I can think is that a car went off the side here," explained neighbor Jeffrey Harmon. "Then I heard someone screaming for his life and I come out and see the apartment on fire."
The fire was put out by neighbor Taylor Brown before firefighters arrived. He said he used three fire extinguishers to douse the blaze, but he doesn't think he's a hero.
Debris and furniture was blown out of the second floor condo unit. Shattered glass, personal belongings and furniture littered the parking lot below.
Condition of the burn victim is not yet know but Washington County Sheriff's office spokesman says injuries are not thought to be life threatening.