Electrical Fire Burns Portland (OR) Downtown Fire

Investigators have determined a Tuesday morning fire that burned inside a downtown Portland high-rise was an electrical fire, reports koin.com (http://bit.ly/1BgUz0y)

Lt. Damon Simmons said that shortly before 7 a.m., the Harrison West Condominium’s alarm system was activated after smoke was detected. When firefighters arrived, residents of the 26-story apartment building said they could see and smell smoke on the 21st floor.

Firefighters started searching for the source of the fire while helping to evacuate residents, Simmons said.

Due to the size of the building, the fact that crews could not locate the fire right away and because residents needed help with evacuations, a second alarm was called. The response brought close to 30 individual units to the scene of the fire.

Eventually, firefighters found the fire burning in an electrical unit but were unable to do anything more than contain it until electricians arrived to shut off power to the unit. Once that happened, Portland Fire & Rescue officials say, crews were able to put out the flames shortly before 9 a.m.

Floors 21-23 were affected and will be without power until repairs can be made, PF&R and power company officials say. Early damage estimates are at $100,000.

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