A Reed College student, Mara Gibbs, has died from injuries she sustained in a February 5 apartment fire in Southeast Portland, OR. Firefighters arrived at the off-campus apartment, located at the Garden Park Apartments on Southeast 30th Avenue, at 5:15 a.m. They pushed their way through thick black smoke to get to Gibbs and pull her from the fire. She was transported to the hospital, where she later died.
Two other young women who were in the apartment at the time of the fire jumped from the second-floor window to escape the blaze. One of them suffered a broken back, the other was treated for injuries and released. Friends have set up a YouCaring website .