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When a wildfire flares next to a Johnson Creek Boulevard business, its staff saves the day till the firefighters arrive

DAVID F. ASHTON - With fire extinguishers and plastic water bottles, employees of CrossPoint NW battled to save their building from going up in flames from a nearby wildfire. The blaze was ultimately put out by arriving crews from Clackamas Fire District #1. It's not known how the grass fire, along the Springwater Corridor Trail, near the intersection of Johnson Creek Boulevard and Bell Road, ignited at about 5:30 p.m. on August 11.

But soon afterward, the brush fire – fueled with dry grass, parched trees, and a hot wind – sent flames licking up a side wall of the two-story "CrossPoint NW" auto auction warehouse at 6803 S.E. Johnson Creek Blvd.

Had it not been for fast-thinking and decisive action by employees, the building might have been a multi-alarm fire. Instead, a CrossPoint worker happened to walk outside the building, saw the flames, grabbed a small fire extinguisher, and yelled to a co-worker, "Call 9-1-1!"

As the flames kept getting higher other CrossPoint staff members exited the building; some of them carrying small fire extinguishers. Other workers trotted out to the fire, toting blue five-gallon jugs of drinking water.

In true "bucket brigade" fashion, the business' employees valiantly battled to keep the fire from torching the building.

Their efforts paid off; the fire had been substantially extinguished when, just a few minutes later, crews from Clackamas Fire District #1 pulled up and took over. Using their on-board water supply, firefighters sprayed hot spots, and soaked the charred ground, brush, and trees. They also hosed water onto the metal siding of the warehouse.

Looking up at their soot-covered building, an employee remarked to THE BEE, "If the fire had gotten up there in the roof, this would have been a big, big problem."

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