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‘Worst firefighter injury we’ve had': Ore. FF remains in critical condition

Gresham Firefighter Spencer Tejedas suffered 45% burns to his body after fire conditions quickly changed

By Bill Carey

GRESHAM, Ore. — Gresham Firefighter Spencer Tejedas remains in critical condition after being severely burned in a house fire back in May.

According to Gresham Fire Chief Scott Lewis, Tejedas’ injuries are the most serious injuries he has ever encountered.

“This is certainly the worst firefighter injury we’ve had in Gresham Fire Department in its history,” Lewis told FOX12 KPTV.

On May 30, Tejedas went into a house fire in southeast Portland thinking a child may have been trapped inside. Lewis said that conditions inside quickly changed, leading to a flashover.

Gresham Firefighter Spencer Tejedas is listed in critical condition

Tejedas suffered burns to 45% of his body. There was no child inside the fire.

Lewis said that the entire firefighting family and community are coming together, united in their hope for Tejedas’ recovery.

Gresham Fire is also accepting letters or cards of encouragement and support. You can send them to:

Gresham Fire Department
“For Spencer”
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, OR 97030

On May 30th 2024 Spencer Tejedas, a Gresham Firefighter, responded to a house fire with reports of children trapped inside.
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