Firefighters battle stubborn industrial building blaze


Firefighters had to cut a hole in a Portland industrial building's roof Thursday afternoon to battle a stubborn fire at Gunderson Inc. on Northwest Front Avenue.

No one was injured in the two-alarm blaze. The fire's cause is under investigation. There were no estimates on the amount of damages to the industrial building, where rail cars and marine barges are built.

Firefighters were called at about 12:10 p.m. to the building at 4350 N.W. Front Ave., where black smoke was pouring from the roof. At 12:29 p.m., incident commanders called for a second alarm bringing additional trucks, engines and firefighters to the building.

Firefighters had to cut a large hole in the building's metal roof as the fire spread from two 200-yard-long paint booths to the plywood under the roof.

About 65 firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control by 12:53 p.m.