May 08, 2020 19:05
5/8/2020-This afternoon at 4:00 PM firefighters from Portland Fire & Rescue and Gresham Fire and Emergency Services responded to a fire in a business on the 15800 block of SE Division St. in Portland. When crews arrived they found fire throughout the first floor of "A Bead Source" the business housed at the location. Firefighters needed to "soften the building" meaning, use tools to remove bars from windows and to break open doors. This tactic provided access and made the structure safe for firefighters operating inside.
Fire teams operating inside the business noted a large amount of fire, high heat and heavy smoke. The crews were able to extinguish most of the fire within 20 minutes. A fire investigator was called to determine the cause of this fire and crews remained on scene looking for hot spots for another 45 minutes. Division Street was closed in the area for a short time but is now reopened.
The fire investigator has determined that this fire started accidentally on the outside of the building in barkdust and spread into the interior. PF&R reminds you that as the weather gets warmer and more dry, fire danger increases. Please take care.