At 3:55 pm Portland Fire & Rescue responded to report of a furnace overheating at the Marriott at 1401 SW Naito Parkway. The crew from Engine 4 (PortlandStateUniversity) arrived at 4:00 pm. They found smoke on two levels and immediately called for additional resources. At 4:06 pm a commercial fire was dispatched and a total of 7 engines, 3 trucks, 3 chiefs and a heavy squad responded to the scene.
"A fire at a location like this gets a very specific type and amount of resources because of the speed at which fire can spread and the potential for a large amount of occupants." Said Public Information Officer AJ Schaffer.
Engine 4 quickly located and extinguished embers in the ductwork of a furnace on the 1st sub-level before the fire could spread through the duct system. Due to the speed of fire crews, no evacuations were needed. The fire was declared under control at 4:26 pm. 2 engines, 2 trucks and the heavy squad remained on scene to remove smoke from the building on the 1st sub-level and the lobby. Fire crews used ventilation fans and the building exhaust system in order to accomplish this task.
Additional information will be given as it becomes available.
Contact info, for media use only:
Public Information Officer AJ Schaffer, Media Pager (503) 940-6003.
55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204