3-alarm fire damages businesses in SW Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Fire crews worked to put out a 3-alarm commercial fire along SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway on Sunday morning, Portland Fire & Rescue said.

No one was injured in the fire, officials said.

Firefighters were called out about 8:15 a.m. on reports of a fire at Grand Cru Hospitality. While searching the building, crews found that the flames were burning through the roof of the building and damaging neighboring businesses.

They cut holes in the roof and started fighting the flames from above, officials said.

"When foam insulation is exposed to fire, it burns rapidly and produces intense heat, dense smoke and toxic gases. Therefore, it took crews more time to extinguish and remove all of the burning material from the roof," Portland Fire said Sunday.

They called out a third alarm after fighting the fire for nearly an hour. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue also responded to help put it out.

No official word on what caused the fire.

Portland Fire & Rescue closed down the highway in both directions to handle the fire. People were asked to avoid the area if possible.

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