Three-alarm fire torches Northeast Portland auto shop

Three-alarm fire torches Northeast Portland auto shop
(Photo by Portland Fire & Rescue)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Firefighters put out a three-alarm fire at an auto repair shop overnight.

The fire started late Sunday night at German Formula Auto Repair on Northeast 11th Avenue, just north of Couch Street. Crews from the Portland Fire Bureau and Portland General Electric were on the scene to fight the fire and watch for any power lines that burned.
 
Firefighters evacuated nearby residents and businesses as they surrounded the block to deal with the flames.

"They told us we should probably leave and we got a little nervous then," said Rachel Christensen, who lives near the auto shop. "But we grabbed all our stuff and pets and now we're at our neighbor's house."
 
Crews were able to make their way in by cutting industrial doors, but the heavy smoke forced them back out. They increased the amount of water they were using to put it out as the fire burned through the roof.
 
No one was hurt and crews allowed the evacuees back into their homes after getting the fire under control after midnight.

Investigators are looking into what started the fire.