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Highrise fire extinguished in downtown Portland

Photo Credit: PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE - Fire trucks and police cars block the area arounbd Southwest Fifth and Alder while crews battle a fire at the Yeon Building.More than 60 firefighters rushed to extinguish a fire on the roof of the 15-story Yeon Building in downtown Portland overnight.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, the fire burned an area approximately 25 feet in circumference before it was put out. The cause and damage estimate were not immediately announced.

The Yeon Building was the tallest structure in Portland when it was constructed on Southwest Fifth Avenue, near Alder Street, in 1911. It was purchased in March 2012 by the Jonathan Rose Cos. which brought in SERA Architects to design a renovation of the facade, lobby, systems and corridors to attract a new generation of tenants.

Fire crews responded after several 911 calls reporting smoke and flames coming from the roof of the building around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21. The first crew to arrive climbed to the roof carrying the equipment needed to extinguish the fire. Additional crews secured a water supply, performed primary and secondary searches of the building, checked for fire extension and evacuated adjacent structures.

The fire was brought under control in less than 20 minutes.

The fire is under investigation.