Fireworks spark blazes across metro area

Multnomah County

The Clark County fairgrounds show was cut short due to a fire

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Firefighters had a busy night across the Portland metro area as they fought blazes caused by Fourth of July fireworks.

Despite cooler temperatures and some rain lately, the threat is really high for devastating fires due to careless use of fireworks.

A fire broke out at the Clark County fairgrounds during its professional show Thursday night.

The fire started in the grass near the launch site at the Clark County Event Center. Firefighters were on hand to extinguish it fairly quickly but the show was cut short after about 15 minutes.

A Beaverton family told KOIN 6 News they nearly lost their home after someone set off fireworks in the middle of their street. Sparks shot into their trees and turned them into a fireball.

Neighbors acted quickly, grabbing hoses to try to slow the fire until Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue arrived.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported responding to 89 fireworks-related calls between 8 p.m. and midnight Thursday. Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue said it had 52 fireworks calls in 24 hours.

In Longview, Wash. a fire likely caused by fireworks damaged a home on Douglas Street. Longview Fire said no one was hurt but a garage with two cars and a motorcycle burned. The fire also spread to the home and knocked down some power lines.

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