Student killed in off-campus fire at Reed College in Oregon.
Margalit “Mara” Gibbs, 19, a student at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, died from injuries she received in an off-campus apartment fire. According to Portland Fire and Rescue, the fire broke out at approximately 5:15 a.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2017 in a two-story apartment building. Upon arrival, there was heavy fire showing from the rear of the building and a rapid attack and search and rescue operation was initiated.
There were three occupants in the second-story apartment at the time of the fire, and two were able to escape by jumping from a window. The third occupant was rescued by fire department crews, and she died from her injuries on Wednesday, February 8.
Mara was a sophomore studying philosophy who had been considering switching her major to Computer Science, according to Kevin Myers, a Reed College spokesperson. She had a strong interest in technology and had been accepted into the Reed Software Design Studio program. Mara grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was a 2015 graduate of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.