Fire damages ethnic market
No one is injured in Tuesday night blaze.
Fire damaged an ethnic market Tuesday night, forcing temporary closure of Southwest Canyon Road east of Highway 217.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Portland Fire and Rescue responded to the 6:30 p.m. reports of fire at the Bazaar Market, which sells Pakistani, Indian and Middle Eastern foods and spices at 10255 S.W. Canyon Road.
First-arriving firefighters from TVF&R's nearby Station 65 found heavy white smoke and flames coming from the commercial building. No customers were inside at the time of the fire and several employees already had evacuated safely.
Employees told an investigator that they discovered the fire in a kitchn that had recently been used for the first time in two years, TVF&R spokeswoman Cassandra Ulven said.
The fire burned stubbornly in the attic and void spaces of the 7,100-square-foot building, so the fire commander called a second alrm to bring more resources.
Firefighters controlled the fire within 45 minutes and worked for another hour to ensure that hot spots didn't rekindle.
The building did not have a fire sprinkler system, which can reduce the likelihood of costly damage and injuries, Ulven said.
An investigator will evaluate burn patterns and material evidence to determine where and how the fire started, Ulven said.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office and Beaverton Police Department assisted with traffic control.