Portland Factories Burned
Eight frame buildings in the block between Albina avenue and Page street Portland, Ore., were destroyed by fire that started at 3 p. m. July 22. The buildings were occupied by factories and transfer companies. A rough estimate placed the loss at about $100,000. Half an hour after the fire started all the buildings were a mass of flames, the structures being of flimsy construction and most of the contents highly inflammable. When the fire began to gain headway the fireproof doors were closed, preventing the fire breaking through the brick walls. Three alarms called into service nine engines, the fircboat and three trucks. The fire started in a mattress factory. Three disastrous fires have occurred within the last few months in this district, the Montgomery dock, the fire at the Northwestern Sash and Door Company’s factory and this fire.