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OHSU parking structure fire quickly extinguished

Portland Fire and Rescue engines were dispatched to a fire on the second level of an underground parking garage at OHSU, on Marquam Hill, reported at 7:12 p.m. Saturday night. The medical school's garage is equipped with an automatic sprinkler system which activated in the immediate area of the blaze. This activation limited the spread of fire, holding the damage to just one vehicle.

Several extra pieces of fire equipment were initially dispatched; when fires are reported in high-rise facilities, Portland Fire & Rescue's protocol calls for additional units to facilitate ventilation, extrication, and possible rescue. These units were returned to service as the incident progressed. Fire crews had to ventilate a large amount of smoke out of the parking structure. No one was injured during the incident, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.