Fire destroys building in Tualatin
A two-alarm blaze destroyed much of a large commercial building in Tualatin early Wednesday, May 9.
No one was injured in the fire at 9510 S.W. Tualatin Road, according to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
The first crews arrived before 4 a.m. Battalion Chief Mark Cross reported fire coming from the first and second floors of a large commercial building and immediately upgraded it to a first alarm. No occupants were in the building, firefighters said. Due to the growing size of the fire, it was upgraded to a second alarm to bring in additional resources.
The fire presented challenges: the building was approximately 100 years old and had undergone multiple remodels, resulting in many void spaces inside of the structure where fire is difficult to fight.
"This is essentially a building inside of a building," Cross said.
An initial report indicated that there might be a residence inside of the building. That was not the case, firefighters said.
The nearby business complex was closed for a few hours Wednesday morning.
The building and its contents sustained extensive damage. Fire investigators will remain on scene to narrow down the origin of the fire and possible cause.
TVF&R crews were assisted by Lake Oswego Fire with firefighting efforts and Tualatin Police Department with traffic control.