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In brief: Nurses at bonfire aid crash victims

PORTLAND – Nurses at a Christmas Eve bonfire came to the rescue of two people seriously injured in a car crash in Mount Hood National Forest.

The Oregon State Police say the nurses heard the 8:30 p.m. crash and found the driver, 28-year-old Cornelio Diaz Flores, of Hood River, and a passenger, 17-year-old Cesar Zarate-Mendoza, of Parkdale, both unconscious.

Their injuries were non-life-threatening. Police say alcohol was likely a factor in the crash.

The group did not have cellphone service. Two members of the group drove down a highway until they found a state transportation worker driving a snow plow.

They then continued down the highway, found cellphone service and called 911.

Neighbor rescues woman from fire

SEATTLE – A kind and fast-moving neighbor rescued a disabled Seattle woman from a Christmas morning house fire.

The neighbor, who did not want to be identified, called the woman early Tuesday morning to check on her because the woman’s daughter recently passed away. The homeowner, who is confined to a wheelchair, said her house was on fire.

KOMO-TV reports the neighbor rushed over to the house, kicked down the door and told the homeowner to move to the back of the house, where there’s a wheelchair ramp. The neighbor then went around the house and helped the woman down the ramp.

Firefighters were on scene moments later and were able to quickly put out the fire. There were no injuries, and firefighters rescued the woman’s two dogs.


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