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At one resilient Southeast auto shop, it appears that a fire is something that barely slows the routine

DAVID F. ASHTON - As the fire was brought under control, firefighters stood in a shop bay door opening, examining one of the charred vehicles, still on a lift. The 9-1-1 Center received a flood of calls just before 11 a.m. on Monday, December 18, reporting "eight-foot high flames shooting out the door" and "hearing loud explosions" at Lee's Automotive, 7210 S.E. Flavel Street.

Portland Fire & Rescue Lents Station's Engine 11 moments later, and reported to dispatch seeing heavy smoke and fire from the commercial auto garage. Crews quickly established that everyone had escaped the building.

The firefighters were soon joined by Woodstock Station 25's Engine and Ladder Truck companies, as well as crews from as far away as Mill Park. S.E. 72nd Avenue was closed to traffic as rigs tapped fire hydrants and hooked up water lines to resupply engines that were already pumping water out of their onboard tanks.

Thick, acrid smoke bellowed from the building's doors and the roof, after Truck 25's crew cut holes to fight the fire in the attic, and to provide vertical ventilation.

It took about 30 minutes for firefighters to extinguish the blaze, but crews stayed on scene for quite some time to make sure all of the embers were quenched before leaving.

Surprisingly, the shop was again open a couple of days after the fire. The cause and extent of damage have not yet been made public.

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