Two-alarm blaze destroys Johnson Creek steel fab firm
A plume of thick dark smoke coming from a steel fabricating company, south of Southeast Johnson Creek Boulevard at Stanley Street, could be seen for miles at about 6 p.m. on Monday, June 10.
Clackamas Fire District #1 crews were dispatched to Hogan Fabricating Inc., and commanders soon called for a second alarm, bringing additional resources to the scene, including two ladder-truck companies. Soon, three Portland Fire & Rescue companies were dispatched to assist.
Next door to the plant, a woman burst in to warn staff at the adjacent "no-kill" Family Dogs New Life Shelter about the fire. The shelter's Shannon Andreasen and a co-worker sprang into action.
"Flames were shooting up in the air very high — very red, very smoky and very hot," Andreasen said. "I was concerned about the 50 (canine) lives that we have here, so we started getting the dogs outside in crates, and hosed down our yard and building as much as we could.
"It was scary," Andreasen said. "With the leaping flames so high — one little jump (by the fire), and we would've been goners."
Although the smoke was intense, all of the dogs were saved, and the shelter building also escaped without being singed by the raging fire, Andreasen reported.
"We're really grateful to Clackamas Fire District #1 and the other crews getting here quickly and saving our shelter and our dogs," she said.
Access to the building was the biggest challenge for firefighters dispatched at 6:03 p.m., said Clackamas Fire Capt. Brandon Paxton.
"Early on, the integrity of the roof was compromised, so we pulled all of our firefighters out, and fought the blaze from outside the structure," Paxton said.
Added to this, Paxton said, was that the building's metal siding contained the heat, making it difficult to directly access the seat of the fire.
In total 22 fire units responded to the incident, including an ambulance on standby, a Rehab unit and fire investigators.
"The fire was under control at 9:10 p.m., and the last unit cleared the scene at 2 a.m.," Paxton said. "Due to roof integrity issues, our investigators have been delayed in getting into the building to identify possible ignition sources, and the exact point of origin."
There were no injuries reported in this fire.