Portland Fire & Rescue investigators released the cause of this morning's fire that destroyed four semi-trucks on Swan Island. A mechanical/electrical malfunction caused the fire which completely destroyed four trucks and severely damaged four 50' trailers. Damage is estimated at $1 million dollars.
Firefighters were called to N. Channel Avenue at about 3:15 am on Wednesday, November 25, 2009. Firefighters arrived on-scene and reported heavy fire and smoke from a fenced and secured area. After cutting the chain on one of the gates, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in a matter of minutes.
Concerns were raised about runoff from the fire flowing into the Willamette River. A fireboat was dispatched to check the outflows in the area and found no evidence of contamination in the river.
November 25, 2009