Heater fire briefly evacuates Precision Castparts
When dozens of employees evacuated the Precision Castparts Structurals plant in the Johnson Creek-Ardenwald neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, March 26, it appeared that a major incident had occurred in the facility.
At 4:27 p.m. Portland Fire & Rescue Woodstock Station 25's crews were dispatched to assist Clackamas Fire District #1 concerning a report of a fire in the building. And it turned out that there was a fire.
"This was a relatively small fire; the company's staff evacuated, per protocol," said Clackamas Fire District Public Information Officer Lt. Brandon Paxton. "It was a fire in one of the heating units that vented to the roof.
"Firefighters took the unit apart and extinguished the fire; the incident was recalled [ended] quickly."
At about 5 p.m., plant workers were cleared to reenter the plant, and Precision Castparts resumed normal operations.