Pendleton Fire Survivors Cling to Life
A Pendleton fire claims the lives of five people, three of them children, and injures two more, who cling to life at a Portland hospital.
The blaze gutted the Southeast Court Place home just north of Route 11 in Pendleton early yesterday morning.
Police and fire crews are still working to identify the victims' remains today.
Those bodies are now on route to the Portland Medical Examiner's office.
The two injured adults - David Eickstaedt and Kay Lynn Williams - are in critical condition at Legacy Emanual Hospital's burn unit in Portland.
Police and fire were notified of the blaze on 1220 Southeast Court Place at 6:09am yesterday.
When crews arrived just minutes later, the house was quote "fully engulfed in flames."
Pendleton Police Lt. Bill Caldera said the investigation is ongoing. He says they're also still working to notify next of kin.
It's still not clear who lived in the Court Place home, but we have learned the house is owned by Chris Schram, who currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.