At least three students at a Portland-area medical school were killed when a massive wildfire swept through the campus dormitory where they were studying.
Officials said the fire swept through dormitory at the Jayaleela Health Center in Salem on Thursday night and burned for hours before burning to the ground.
The dorm was fully evacuated on Friday.
The Jayaleelas emergency management director, Michael Rauh, said the three students were killed and nine others were injured.
The National Weather Service issued a fire warning for the region and the Portland metropolitan area until 2 a.m.
The fire was reported just before 3 a.meen in the afternoon, the weather service said.
The fire was burning at a high rate of intensity, with smoke visible from the air.
The Jayaleeels dormitory has an estimated 1,000 students, Rauu said.
A fire extinguisher is seen outside the Jayales dormitory in Salem, Ore., on Wednesday.
(Andrew Burton/Getty Images)The Jayales Health Center is located on a small farm in the town of Salem and is a public health-based center, Rieff said.
It offers classes in emergency medicine, infectious diseases, trauma, and pregnancy and childbirth care.
Jayaleelans dormitory is the first campus of Jayaleels Health Center, located in Salem.
(Courtesy of Jayales Hospital)The Oregon Health Authority, which operates the Jayalinga Medical School, said it was assisting the Jayaseelas, the state health department, the Oregon Fire Authority and local emergency management officials in the investigation.
It did not say how much damage had been caused.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.