August 2, 2012
At 9:21 am, firefighters responded to a commercial fire at a recycling plant in North Portland.
Upon arrival at 11535 N. Force Avenue (American Recyclers), firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the structure. Firefighters from Portland Fire Station 17 (Hayden Island) and Station 24 (Overlook/Swan Island) quickly extinguished the fire. The fire was determined to be under control at 9:40 am.
This fire was especially dangerous for firefighters due to the presence of fuels and acetylene tanks in the facility. The facility processes and mixes fuels for the purpose of recycling. There were no injuries associated with this fire.
Fire investigators are on scene working to determine the fire's cause and a damage estimate.
* 5 engines
* 2 ladder trucks
* 2 fire investigators
* 2 battalion chiefs
* 32 firefighters