GRESHAM, Ore. (Aug. 10, 2004) — A fire at Northwest Retreaders in Gresham remains under investigation after causing heavy damage to one building, fire officials said.
The fire started at 3:44 p.m. on Aug. 7 and quickly escalated to a four-alarm blaze, according to the local fire department. Operations Chief Scott Lewis at the department said no damage estimates were available by Aug. 9.
Raw rubber on pallets plus carbon black caught fire, the department said. The fire was outside in a storage yard and adjacent to buildings as well as in a rail car full of finished tires. Mr. Lewis said two of the three buildings were uninvolved, and the fire was contained outside the third though it suffered damage.
The fire was extinguished by 4 a.m. Aug. 8 after firefighters applied more than 3,000 gallons of a foam and water mix to smother the flames.
Two firefighters were treated and released for injuries.