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NEWS RELEASE 6/14/13: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to 2nd Alarm Commercial Fire at 550 NE Columbia

At 4:23 this morning PF&R crews were dispatched to report of a fire at a Kenworth parts and repair facility. When crews arrived they found heavy smoke from several doors of the large Kenworth facility. Ladder Truck 8 put their "bucket style" ladder to the roof so that crews could assess the extent of fire spread.  Crews found that some fire had burned through a skylight and extended to the roof but they were able to contain the spread. Once crews were able to make entry into the large smoke filled space, they found that the origin of the fire was two tractor/trailer style truck cabs. Fire crews also encountered diesel and oil from the large trucks and crews were instructed by Incident Commanders to use foam with their hose lines to extinguish the burning liquid fuels. With the help of several Ladder Trucks and Engines, PF&R crews were able to extinguish the fire and begin the salvage and investigation phase. There were working sprinklers in the building but the fire load from the large trucks was too much for the sprinkler system to contain.

Arson investigators said the cause would be submitted as "undetermined" at this time and the damage assessment was set at $1,000,000.

 

Contact Info: Lt. Rich Chatman PIO, media pgr: 503-940-6003