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$1M in damage following 2-alarm fire at trucking facility

$1M in damage following 2-alarm fire at trucking facility
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Firefighters were kept busy early Friday morning when a two-alarm fire broke out at a trucking facility in northeast Portland.

Crews got the call around 4:20 a.m. that there was a fire at the Pape Kenworth parts and repair facility at 550 N.E. Columbia Boulevard.

When they arrived, heavy smoke was coming out of several doors and firefighters immediately went up a ladder to assess the extent of the fire. At that point, they discovered that some of the roof had burned through a skylight, but they were able to stop it from spreading.

Inside the building, they found that the fire was centered in the cabs of two large trucks. Because of the diesel and oil, firefighters used foam to extinguish the blaze.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, the building did have working sprinklers, but it wasn't enough to put out the fire.

Investigators are looking into a cause. The damage is estimated to be around $1 million.

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