Death – Portland Matches Dismal Record With Death in Christmas Eve House Fire

Death – Obituary

A fatal house fire in North Portland on Christmas Eve means Portland has tied another bleak record.

An elderly woman found dead by Portland Fire & Rescue at 6405 N Greeley Ave. shortly before midnight on Dec. 24 was the 15th person killed in a residential fire this year. That matches Portland’s single-year record, set in 1994.

Related: The extraordinary death toll of 2021.

Portland has already set a single-year record for homicides in 2021 (with 84 as of Dec. 9), and is nearing the highest one-year toll of traffic fatalities (59 as of Dec. 21), depending on how the number is tallied.

Those numbers increased over the holiday weekend.

Shortly before 9 pm on Christmas Eve, a man was shot and killed on the Bus Mall in Old Town, at the corner of Northwest 6th Avenue and Davis Street. Police say the suspects fled the scene. They haven’t publicly identified the victim.

At 2 pm Christmas Day, a driver struck a person riding a skateboard at the corner of North Interstate Avenue and Mississippi Avenue. The skateboarder died at the scene. The driver fled, and police are investigating the death as a hit-and-run.

Related: The intersections where Portlanders are hit by cars are often on the same streets where gunfire erupts.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.