Fire heavily damaged a Kenworth parts and repair facility in Northeast Portland early Friday morning.
According to Portland Fire & Rescue, at 4:23 a.m. on June 14, firefighters responded to the report of a fire at 555 N.E. Columbia. When they arrived they found heavy smoke coming from several doors of the large Kenworth facility.
Ladder Truck 8 put their "bucket style" ladder to the roof so that firefighters could assess the extent of fire spread. They found that some fire had burned through a skylight and extended to the roof but were able to contain it.
Once firefighters were able to make entry into the large smoke filled space, they found that the fire was in the cabs of two tractor/trailer style trucks. Firefighters also encountered diesel and oil from the large trucks.
Firefighters were instructed by Incident Commanders to use foam with their hose lines to extinguish the liquid fuels that were on fire. With the help of several ladder trucks and engines, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and begin the salvage and investigation phase.
There were working sprinklers in the building but the fire from the large trucks was too much for them 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.