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The blaze broke out early Sunday morning at the 50-year-old Tualatin business

COURTESY TVF&R - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews work to battle a Sunday morning fire at Clark Lumber & True Value Hardware in Tualatin.Clark Lumber & True Value Hardware, a family-run business that has been a fixture in Tualatin for more than 50 years, was destroyed by fire early on Sunday morning.

Just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters responded to reports of smoke and flames at Clark Lumber & True Value Hardware, 8460 S.W. Nyberg St. Despite arriving in less than four minutes of being dispatched, firefighters had to fight the fire from the outside due to the heat, intensity and fuel load in the steel frame and concrete building. Based on the construction and metal roof, the building was like an oven as tools, lumber, paints and other contents burned inside.

Crews worked to surround the building to protect neighboring structures and applied water from the ground and elevated truck streams. Bystanders could hear the sound of exploding propane tanks and other pressurized items, and smoke billowed from the site for several hours.

The building, which did not have a fire sprinkler system, was not occupied at the time of the fire. It also didn't have a fire alarm system, though owners were notified when multiple security alarms activated.

A team of fire investigators will be working to determine where and how the fire started.

"Our hearts go out to the Clark family for their significant loss," said Cassandra Ulven of TVF&R.

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