Fire inside vehicle sends man to hospital; Sheriff's Office responds

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: June 15, 2012, 4:02 a.m.

Media and Interested Parties


Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-17859.


At approximately 10:21 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2012, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies and Clackamas Fire District #1 personnel responded to a report of a vehicle on fire on S. Redland Rd near S. Potter Rd Redland. A passerby had reported that a vehicle was on fire and there was a man lying beside the vehicle.

Deputies arrived and found a 49-year-old man unconscious. He had been pulled away from the burning vehicle by a passerby.

Clackamas Fire personnel arrived and put out the fire in the vehicle, a 1995 Chevy Tahoe. There was no one inside the vehicle.

A Life Flight helicopter transported the man to OHSU. He did not regain consciousness before being loaded on the helicopter. No updates on his condition are available at this writing.

A subsequent investigation by the Sheriff's Office and a Clackamas County Fire investigator did not reveal how the fire had started. They determined a fire had started on or near the backseat and the victim was forced to exit the vehicle. The cause is unknown, but foul play is not suspected.

Investigators were not able to determine if the vehicle was in motion at the time it caught fire.

The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.


Anyone with information concerning this event is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-17859.

The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. All users have to do is send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) -- with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body. Important reminder: Please do not send emergency messages using the text-messaging system -- in case of an emergency, call 911.

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-17859.

Contact Information:
Bryon O'Neil, Deputy
Acting Public Information Officer
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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