PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Fire crews immediately went into “defensive mode” while battling a 2-alarm fire at a Gresham auto wrecking yard with hazardous conditions.
Gresham Fire said the blaze was initially small but ultimately “fully involved” the one-story building at 2103 Southeast 190th Street. Everyone was evacuated from the building.
There were initial reports of a tank catching on fire inside the building. Firefighters interviewed people who were inside the building at the time of the fire who reported it had started after they drained the fuel out of a car up on jacks.
Officials are not yet sure what exactly caused the first flame — but think some form of flammable liquid could be the culprit. The Fire Marshal’s Office is on the scene investigating.
Crews worked hard to knock it down but had to deal with oil spills as well as the surrounding flames. They also had difficulty entering the building in the first place due to all the cars and tires around the shop. Gresham Fire reported many cars inside the building were involved.
As of 11: 30 a.m., firefighters had the blaze extinguished and have begun to mop up. They will be on the scene for a few more hours or longer.
No one was injured.
SE 190th St. is temporarily closed south of Yamhill due to the fire and will likely remain closed for the next few hours. Avoid the area.
The fire reportedly started around 9:30 on Tuesday morning.
KOIN 6 News will update this story as soon as possible.