PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland Fire and Rescue crews battled flames at a building
on NW St. Helens Road on Monday afternoon.
Pictures showed massive flames coming from the Army Corps of Engineers building at 8010 NW St. Helens Road around 2 p.m.
Workers inside the building heard fire alarms and were able to get out safely. Fire boats were called in and helped knock the fire down within a few hours.
In a statement Monday evening, a spokesperson for the Army Corps of Engineers said 2 buildings were destroyed and 2 others damaged.
“There were no injuries or loss of life, thanks in large part to the swift actions of Portland Fire and Rescue. The fire bureau acted swiftly and aggressively to contain the fire, sending multiple units to suppress the blaze. We are grateful that no one was injured during the fire and fire response and appreciate the efforts of the fire fighters who responded. Without their quick actions, the damage would’ve been much worse. The Portland District is working alongside local officials and will investigate the cause and assess the damage once it is safe to do so.”
There were at least 50 firefighters on scene battling the flames at one point. People were urged to avoid the area.