Fire Involving Hazardous Materials Destroys Business
Story by www.flashalertportland.net
|FIRE||Forest Grove Fire & Rescue|
Once crews were in a safe spot, incident commanders began created a strategy on evaluating the dangerous situation as well as the best way to extinguish the fire. Specialized resources like the regional Hazardous Materials(HAZMAT) Team and a airport foam truck were requested to the scene. A third alarm was also called for to bring even more additional firefighters to the scene.
Fire crews held a protective stance while the HAZMAT team assessed the scene and evaluated the hazardous chemicals that were on fire, and what would be the best way to extinguish the flames. It took several hours for crews to come up with a safe plan that covered all possible situations that could happen. Ultimately, a foam rescue truck from Portland Airport was used to spray a special agent to extinguish the ethanol fire. That extinguishing agent is called Purple K, and is bright purple (in photos).
Unfortunately, 3 other structures on the property were destroyed as well as several vehicles and delivery trucks. A cause to the fire is under investigation. A positive note to the incident is that no employees, civilians or emergency responders were injured during the incident.
A little after 7pm, five and a half hours after the fire started, the incident was deemed under control. Local residents were able to return home, and major roadways were opened back up.
Some local residents may be without natural gas as it was turned off to the area and utility crews are working to restore it. There will be firefighters on scene all night watching the scene and smoke might be seen, but there's currently no threat to the public.
Cornelius Fire Department was assisted on scene by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Gaston Fire District, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Port of Portland Fire-Rescue(PDX airport), Metro West Ambulance, Washington County Sheriffs Office, Forest Grove Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, Oregon State Police, Cornelius Public Works, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Washington County Roads.