Empty warehouse burns down in Southeast Portland
An empty warehouse building in Southeast Portland collapsed as firefighters were battling a large fire there early Friday.
There were no reports of people inside the building and no injuries have been reported.
Portland Fire & Rescue crews first responded to the four-alarm fire near Southeast Nineth Avenue and Alder Street around 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 24. Firefighters say when they arrived, they saw flames bursting out of the windows.
Around 2:30 a.m., the building partially collapsed in the midst of the firefighting efforts.
Crews focused on exterior attacks due to the severity of the flames inside. Officials say they know this site well — as they've responded to multiple fires at the building in the past.
"We're very familiar with this building," PF&R's Rob Garrison said. "We know it's very dangerous so we did not enter the building."
Officials say the building — which is 115 years old — was abandoned so no one was injured and no evacuations were made.
As of early morning., firefighters will still on the scene, working to get the flames under control. It could burn for days.
Southeast Morrison Street and other surrounding roads are expected to be blocked until the fire is out.
Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone said "this is one of the most hazardous buildings firefighters can face. It is so perilous that we indicate these buildings with a U marker indicating that it is an unsafe building. From the first company to arrive, and as the incident expanded, every crew on scene as well as the incident command staff made outstanding tactical and operational decisions. Crews made a valiant effort to search the basement of the fire building for potential victims in zero visibility using an anchor point and search rope. Fire conditions quickly changed as they were conducting search operations and they had to withdraw from the building. Other hazards that fire fighters faced were, building collapses, the sidewalk collapsing over the basement, as well and energized power lines coming down. Every person on scene did incredible job and I am so grateful that no one was hurt and thankful for the effort everyone displayed on this scene."
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