PORTLAND — A late Monday night fire sent residents living above Mike’s Auto Parts at Southeast 52nd and Woodstock running for safety when it went up in flames, causing significant damage.
“Crews were having some difficulty because of the size of that building with just one primary entrance in the front,” said Lieutenant Rich Chatman.
The fire appears to have started way in the back near a paint booth. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras on the roof to locate the fire inside. Arson investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze.
“This use of a relatively newer technology in firefighting saved time in finding the fire and ultimately prevented it from spreading further and creating a larger incident,” Chatman added.
People living in two apartments were forced to stay somewhere else.