Former Norman resident dies in Portland fire

Sarah Oxenreider died of lung damage after an apartment fire Sept. 1 in Portland, Oregon. (Provided)

A former Norman resident died Thursday following a weekend apartment fire in Portland, Ore.

Portland firefighters rescued Sarah Oxenreider from an apartment in the 3900 block of North Albina Street at 1:42 a.m. Sunday, according to a Portland Police Department news release. Paramedics took Oxenreider to the Emanuel Burn Center in Portland where she died Thursday from lung damage, according to the release.

William Oxenreider said the fire victim was his 26-year-old daughter. She graduated in 2011 from Norman High School where she was involved in band and choir, her father said.

The Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detective Division is collaborating with arson investigators from the Portland Fire Bureau and ATF to investigate her death, according to the press release.

William Oxenreider said he got the call at 5 a.m. Sunday about his daughter's injuries and flew to Portland. She was in a coma and suffered burns over 35% of her body, he said.

The medical examiner is still investigating her body, William Oxenreider said, but will release her remains in about four days.

William Oxenreider described his daughter as a huge Harry Potter fan and said she had a love of music and reading. They played her favorite artist, Post Malone, while she was in a coma, he said.

Oxenreider said his daughter moved out to Portland a couple of years ago, but over that time she met so many people and changed so many lives.

"She was working at a drug and treatment rehab, she was sponsoring young alcoholics. She went out there with $200 in her pocket and didn't know a soul," Oxenreider said. "She was very inspirational to a lot of people."

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