Food carts destroyed, cars damaged in downtown fire
Two food carts and 10 cars were destroyed by a fire and explosion on Southwest 1st and Columbia shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Portland Fire & Rescue crews quickly knocked down the flames when they arrived. Construction workers who were nearby said people tried to extinguish the fire but it spread too quickly.
According to PF&R, the explosions were most likely car tires and aerosol cans. Propane tanks may have also exploded.
Two food carts, Lai Thai and The Greek Gods Gyro, were destroyed and 10 cars parked behind the carts were also damaged. A tree was also completely burned. Witnesses said strong wind carried the fire toward the parking lot.
Two people were evaluated at the scene but no one was seriously injured.
Officials said the food carts had health inspections on October 6, 2017.
KOIN 6 News learned in 2015 that food carts are required to have a fire extinguisher and a permit for their propane tanks. Because most food carts are on wheels or jack stands, Portland Fire and Rescue can't enforce building codes or how close together food carts are but recommend at least 3 feet between carts.
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