Commercial fire near Holgate Blvd damages Reed movie-related business
From some distance away, people reported seeing thick plumes of dark smoke rising from the industrial section of the Reed neighborhood on the afternoon of August 19.
Woodstock Fire Station's Engine 25's crew was first to roll up to "Gearhead Production Rentals", near S.E. 25th Avenue, just north of Long Street, and a block and a half south of Holgate Boulevard. The lieutenant reported back to dispatch seeing "heavy fire, and propane tanks exploding" outside the building.
Six additional PF&R units arrived soon afterward, as well as two Battalion Chiefs and an Investigator.
The focus of the firefighting were two high-end motor homes that had burned so fiercely that the back ends of both vehicles had completely disappeared. An adjacent grip truck was singed as well.
"An electrical power line burned through, and fell on one of the RVs, causing firefighters to momentarily pull back," reported PF&R Public Information Officer Lt. Rich Chatman. "Crews were able to protect exposures to buildings near the fire" – which took about 17 minutes to contain.
The cause of the blaze at this Reed neighborhood business – which serves the motion picture and television production industry with vehicles, grip gear, film lighting equipment, production supplies, and expendables – is still under investigation.