Dallas, Oregon - Three people were killed and one seriously injured in a house fire early Sunday morning near the Polk County city of Dallas, sheriff's deputies said. Two others escaped with minor injuries.
The county's 911 dispatchers got a call just before 3 a.m. reporting the house fire in the 900 block of East Ellendale Avenue, just outside the Dallas city limits, deputies said.
Sheriff's deputies and several fire departments responded and found the home fully ablaze, deputies said. The fire incident commander called for a second alarm and more medics. Sheriff's Office deputies determined three persons were able to escape from the residence just before fire crews arrived. One of the three people who escaped was transported to a Portland hospital with significant injuries. The other two people were treated and released on scene. Sadly, it was discovered there were three deceased persons inside the residence. Their names are not being released at this time until all next of kin have been notified.
Sheridan, SW Polk and West Valley Fire department crews were assisted by Dallas Fire, Falck Ambulance, McMinnville Fire, Polk County Fire Dist #1, Salem Fire and the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
The fire is still under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Fire Marshall.