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MAX service restored following high rise fire in downtown Portland

Firefighters responded to a high-rise fire in downtown Portland on Nov. 8, 2017. Photo courtesy Ian Parker

PORTLAND, Ore. – Firefighters rushed to put out a small electrical fire on the roof of a Portland high rise building Wednesday morning.

Just after 8:30 a.m., reports came in of a high-rise fire on the roof of a building in the 700 block of SW Morrison Street.

Portland Fire & Rescue found a small fire in a piece of electrical equipment on the roof of the 10-story building.

Officials said the fire crews had to use an external fire escape to reach the fire, as the building had no roof access from the inside.

Firefighters managed to quickly put out the fire while evacuating people from the building as a safety precaution.

Emergency responders blocked off several downtown streets around the building, which caused traffic backups and disrupted TriMet schedules.

More from Portland Fire & Rescue:

While very rare, high rise fires from around the world remind us of the power and danger that an uncontrolled high rise fire can pose.

High rise buildings are designed and built to rigorous fire and life safety codes that address design-specific concerns to make these buildings very safe to inhabit. Occupants should always be familiar with emergency evacuation routes, participate in regular fire drills, and know the location of the nearest fire extinguisher on your floor.

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