2-alarm fire at historic building in downtown Portland, one injured

Photo courtesy Kathy Moyd

PORTLAND, Ore. – Firefighters rushed to put out a two-alarm fire at a building in downtown Portland.

The fire was reported just before 9 a.m. at the Woodlark Building, a historic commercial building near SW 11th Avenue and Alder Street.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, a group of four workers were installing roofing material as part of a renovation project. They were using a propane torch to dry out the roof deck when the flame ignited some solvent-based primer, investigators said.

The flames quickly spread to some foam insulation as the roofing team used six fire extinguishers to try and control the fire.

One of the workers suffered burns on their hands; firefighters helped all four make it down safely.

Crews from PF&R managed to get the flames under control. Officials said there was some damage to the building, but haven't released an estimate on the total damage.

Emergency responders asked people to avoid the area while crews were working in the area.

Additional statement from Portland Fire & Rescue officials:

PF&R would like to remind everyone that when working with open flame, it is important to keep flammable materials a safe distance away. Additionally, keep a steady water supply, such as a hose nearby in case of emergencies.

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