Smoky car fire halts traffic on Powell Blvd
Traffic backed up in both directions of S.E. Powell Boulevard for a short time after a fire broke out in the service bays of the Firestone Complete Auto Care store on Thursday morning, June 20.
Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) crews were dispatched to 4601 S.E. Powell Boulevard at 10:29 a.m. A Portland Police Bureau officer said there was an early report that the fire had started with a gas tank explosion, but that apparently was not the case.
Both Engine and Ladder Truck companies of Woodstock Fire Station 25 pulled up less than three minutes after the alarm was sounded. While one crew hooked up water supply lines and pulled hoses, other crew members made sure all of the shop's occupants had left the fire area. Shortly afterward there were a total of 11 fire engines and trucks lining the north side of Powell.
The blaze was out quickly, but clearly there was some damage from the fire to be cleaned up.
"Prior to firefighters' arrival, employees tried to extinguish a fire in the shop, and were unable to," PF&R spokesperson Jesse Altig told THE BEE.
"Upon entry, firefighters found a vehicle on fire inside of the business, and extinguished it," Altig said; adding, "This fire incident was recalled fairly quickly, with no injuries reported." A loss figure has not yet been announced, nor has an official cause of the fire.