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The air conditioner fire was, in the end, minor -- but it cleared the buildings at the factory

DAVID F. ASHTON - When a fire broke out in the Precision Castparts Structurals plant on Johnson Creek Boulevard in late March, workers briefly evacuated the building. 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.

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