Raleigh Hills McMenamins burns in overnight fire

Fire at the Raleigh Hills McMenamins Pub - KATU photo

The Raleigh Hills Pub, a McMenamins restaurant, is shut down temporarily because of a fire.

The pub caught on fire overnight, doing significant damage.

“Right before 3:30 a.m. this morning a passerby noticed that there were flames outside the McMenamins restaurant in the Raleigh Hills area off Scholls Ferry Road,” Kim Haughn with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, said. “They immediately called 911, and we were dispatched out. Our first incoming crews arrived on scene and did see an active fire on the exterior of the McMenamins.”

Haughn said the fire moved from the outside of the building into the attic, forcing crews to put holes in the roof to attack and ventilate.

“Thankfully there were no occupants inside the restaurant at the time that the fire broke out, and when we did our search of the building as well,” Vaughn said.

The early morning fire fight attracted others who live nearby. One man who came to watch said he was surprised when he walked out of his apartment and saw all the fire engines.

“I thought it was just another car crash,” Frank Yost, who lives nearby, said. Yost says there are frequently car crashes right down the road, where SW Scholls Ferry intersects with Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.

TVF&R says crews got the fire out within 20 minutes. It’s mostly the back of the building that is badly damaged, but the fire did impact the rest of the restaurant.

“It appears that it’s mostly an exterior fire, it did extend into the attic area, and rhen it did end up charging the restaurant with smoke,” Haughn said.

As with many McMenamins restaurants, this one has a story. The McMenamins family actually owned the building in the late 1970s, then sold it in the early and 80s and bought the building back in 1987. At the time, it became the family's ninth brewpub. There are now more than 50 McMenamins.

The family is hoping to repair the damage quickly and reopen the restaurant as soon as possible.

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