Portland firefighters had to battle thick smoke Monday night to extinguish a fire that damaged Mikes Auto Parts in Southeast Portland.
No one was injured in the blaze. Investigators are sifting through the damaged building Tuesday morning looking for a possible cause. There is no damage estimate yet.
Portland Fire and Rescue crews were called at about 10:10 p.m. Feb. 17 to the large auto parts store at 6004 S.E. 52nd Ave., when a smoke alarm activated. Engine 25 arrived to find the store filled with heavy smoke that was also pouring from roof vents.
Because there are apartments above the business, the incident commander called for a second alarm, bringing several engines and ladder trucks to deal with increased hazards.
Residents of the apartment were hustled out of the building as firefighters fought the blaze. Firefighters had some difficulty locating the fire because of the buildings size, low visibility and distance between entrance and actual location of the fire.
Ladder truck crews used thermal imaging cameras to locate the source of heat and direct crews to the fire.