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55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204
June 4, 2012
Crews from Portland Fire and Rescue were kept busy this evening, responding to a Commercial Structure fire at Southeast 122nd and Stark, the second Commercial Fire in less than three hours.
Battalion Chief Chris Babcock arrived first on-scene and reported fire showing from the 122nd Street side of the building. Engine and Truck 7 from Portland Fire & Rescue Station 7 (Mill Park) arrived within three minutes of the dispatch time, reported smoke from the back of the structure, and prepared a fire attack.
Windows, boarded up to keep trespassers away, were an immediate concern for firefighters attempting to access the structure. Both fire attack and firefighter safety depend on maintaining safe access into and out of involved structures. Access to the building was made by removing the boards and the fire was brought under control in less than eight minutes. Firefighters from first due companies maintain familiarity with dangerous structures located within their Fire Management Area--this contributed to the safe and rapid response to this evenings fire.
With the bulk of the fire under control, firefighters performed overhaul operations to ensure complete extinguishment. Fire crews then secured the fire building so that no evidence would be disturbed and requested a fire investigator. The rapid response to this fire, limited damages, and allowed additional companies to be returned to service and available for response to other emergencies.
Engine and Truck 7 remain on scene with Incident Command; a Fire Investigator is responding.
No injuries to firefighters or civilians are reported as a result of this fire. Damage estimate, and fire cause information will be released once the investigation is complete and data are available.