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Marina fire destroys hundreds of boats

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PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE - A storage warehouse at the Sundance Marine was consumed by flames.A four-alarm fire in a large marina on the Columbia River in North Portland destroyed hundreds of boats overnight.

Portland Fire & Rescue says around 350 boats were stored inside a warehouse at the Sundance Marina in a stacked system when the fire broke out. It was completely consumed by flames.

Firefighters responded to reports of a commercial alarm at around 10:30 on Feb. 28 at 570 N.E. Tomahawk Island Dr. The fire was rapidly upgraded to a 2nd and 3rd alarm and eventually a 4th alarm.

Due to the size of the structure and the heavy fire involvement, a "defensive" fire attack was employed. This involved the use of aerial trucks to place water into the structure from an elevated position.

Early into the fire, crews were able to safely assist the owner in removing files and other essential information from inside the office.

According to PF&R, due to this location being at the end of a small island, the water supply from hydrants was not adequate to extinguish the flames. Three separate fire boats were used to supply water from the river to the land based units. At least one boat hit the fire from the water as well.

About two hours into the fire, parts of the structure began to collapse and a 4th alarm was called. Well over 100 fire personnel from both PF&R and Vancouver Fire were working at this fire. A US Coast Guard representative was called to advise for potential water related hazards.

The fire was still actively smoldering inside the collapsed structure Monday morning and crews remain on the scene.

Fire investigators are on scene and will be working on a cause. A dollar loss has not been established.