Residents refuse to evacuate burning building, slowing firefighters' work

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Fire & Rescue crews were slowed down while trying to put out a fire Monday morning because the building’s occupants were at first unwilling to leave.

Crews responded to a fire in the Oak Street Building at 232 S.E. Oak St. just before 5:30 a.m. When they arrived, some of the occupants refused to leave and firefighters called the police.

Once the occupants were convinced they were in danger, firefighters went in and found heavy smoke and alarms while sprinklers were going off.

Crews were able to contain the fire to one room on the second floor.

Nobody was hurt, and investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire and how much the damage will cost to repair.

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