Portland scrap fire spreads to apartments

Doris Richards
March 13, 2018

More than 100 students were forced to evacuate Sacajawea Head Start after a 5-alarm fire broke out nearby Monday morning.

A scrap yard fire in Portland, Oregon, spread to surrounding homes and triggered evacuations on Monday, March 12.

American Red Cross set up a reception center in the C3 NE PDX building, 5740 N.E. Portland Highway, for people affected by an industrial fire on Northeast 75th Avenue.

The fire has already destroyed a duplex and an apartment building - killing 16 cats, according to officials. The smoke can be seen for several blocks.


Crews continue to battle hot spots and expect to be on site until at least Tuesday morning.

The Portland fire bureau says high winds are making the fire hard to fight.

The fire started at a NW Metal's scrap yard near 75th and Killingsworth around 9 a.m. During a 3 p.m. press conference, a federal on-scene coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency said air quality standards remain "slightly unhealthy" as far as a mile downrange from the fire site. The EPA advised people within a one mile radius to keep their windows closed. "Smoke from burning tires include toxic chemicals of synthetic rubber compounds". Fire officials are encouraging people to evacuate the area if they are overtaken by the smoke. Portland Fire & Rescue said piles of scrap cars caught fire, and the blaze was hard to fight because of the wind, flammable materials and an inadequate water supply in that part of northeast Portland.

Firefighters and police were going to homes adjacent to the scrapyard to evacuate residents as they try to protect the houses from the fire. For a while, the dogs were kept out in front of Gartner's Country Meat Market, where workers gave them bones and a man from the shelter played music to help keep them calm.

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