Open Meadow High School evacuated after fire starts, no injuries

PORTLAND, Ore. – Open Meadow High School in North Portland was evacuated after a fire Monday afternoon.

No injuries have been reported, said Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman Lt. Rich Chatman.

He said firefighters found smoke and heat in the basement of the school at 7654 N. Crawford Street. He said the school is a converted three-story Victorian home.

The school's executive director, Andrew Mason, said the fire started in a closet on the first floor. No flames were ever visible and only the smell of smoke was noticed.

He said there were about 125 students, staff and teachers inside when the fire started. He said he was grateful that everyone followed proper procedures and got out safely.

The official cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

The school is not far from the St. Johns Bridge.

The school is an alternative school for middle and high school students and is contracted with Portland Public Schools. The school is in the process of closing. In an online statement to parents and students, Mason said the school can no longer meet the needs of its students.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.