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Story by Sandy Kromeir - The Oregon Herald
Published on Monday December 20, 2010 - 12:29 PM
 
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Firefighters rescued two people Friday night from a burning historic Southeast Portland commercial building. A woman and a man, both in their early 30s, were rescued from a burning building at 111 S.E. Madison Friday evening. Both were taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The names of the man and woman and the extent of their injuries have not been released pending notification of nearest relatives. No one else was found in the building. The building, a 15 thousand square-foot warehouse, was erected just before the stock market crash in 1929 and is the location of Pro Lab Northwest Inc and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Portland Fire and Rescue crews found flames coming from the overhead door of the first floor with thick black smoke which could be seen from the top of the Hawthorne Bridge. The person who called in the fire report on 9-1-1 said he could hear screams from inside the building. Firefighters soon brought the blaze under control and fire investigators are attempting to determine the cause of the blaze.