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Hazardous materials, difficult entry, forces firefighter crews into 'defensive mode'

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - A fire at a Gresham auto wrecking shop eventually spread to the entire building before crews were able to contain it.Crews were forced into "defensive mode" on Tuesday morning while battling a two-alarm fire at a Gresham auto wrecking yard with hazardous conditions.

The fire was reported around 9:36 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. The blaze started small, but ultimately engulfed the one-story business at 2103 S.E. 190th St., said Gresham Fire & Emergency Services.

The location made crew members' jobs difficult as they worked to knock down the flames, contending with oil spills, and difficulty entering the building because of the cars and tires filling the shop.

Many of the vehicles inside caught fire, and conditions forced responding crews to focus on keeping the fire from spreading, Gresham Fire officials said.

By 10:45 a.m., the blaze was under control. No one was reported injured during the incident.

Officials are unsure what caused the initial flames, but speculate it could have been some form of flammable liquid.

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