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A second fire for a Brooklyn neighborhood meat packing business was much less severe than the first

DAVID F. ASHTON - With what appeared to be smoldering tires removed from the building, a PF&R investigator spoke with officials from the Brooklyn-based Columbia Empire Meat Company. A fire started around dawn on Tuesday morning, August 25, in Brooklyn-based Columbia Empire Meat Company at 3820 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) crews were dispatched at 6:25 a.m.

Those arriving first to the scene reported back to dispatchers seeing dense black smoke coming from the building – caused by a fire later reported to have been ignited by a fault in a compressor

A PF&R official initially reported, "This has been escalated to a second-alarm commercial fire." But the fire apparently was not spreading rapidly, in a building in which a much larger fire occurred several years ago – because, by 7:40 a.m., firefighters were reported to be in the "mop up" phase.

Fire officials told reporters at the scene that the flames had originated at equipment on the building's mezzanine.

Although employees were already at work in the business when the fire broke out, all were safely evacuated, and there were no reports of injuries.


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