TVF&R extinguish Stafford fire early Wednesday
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews have extinguished a fire that broke out in Stafford early Wednesday morning.
According to Cassandra Ulven, a TVF&R spokeswoman, a fire broke out shortly after 2 a.m., Wednesday, March 30, in the 24600 block of Southwest Mountain Road in Stafford near West Linn.
The building is home to Motion Marine, which manufactures and customizes boats on the site.
Motion Marine customized the water rescue boats used by TVF&R and Lake Oswego Fire Department, Ulven said.
The fire broke out a quarter mile from TVF&Rs Mountain Road fire station, Ulven said, and firefighters could see and hear the blaze from the bay of the building.
As crews got closer, they realized that more than half of the large metal building was engulfed in flames and a portion had already collapsed, Ulven said.
The 13,500-square-foot building included a barn, woodshop and work spaces for Motion Marine.
Ulven said the firefighters worked to retrieve as many belongings from the structure as possible before conditions worsened and were able to save a $300,000 boat, a few vehicles and several chickens before heat and conditions became too unsafe.
Upgrading the incident to a second alarm fire brought additional resources to the scene, Ulven said.
At least 60 fire personnel responded to the fire, including crews from TVF&R, Lake Oswego Fire Department, Clackamas Fire District, and Portland Fire and Rescue.
Firefighters attacked the fire, but with no fire hydrants in the area, crews had to shuttle water from three nearby sites, including Bridgeport Elementary School in Tualatin.
In all, six water tenders were used to refuel a drafting site, which supplied hundreds of feet of hose lines surrounding the building.
The building was consumed by the fire, Ulven said. An excavator has assisted to debris and roof removal, but Ulven said a fire investigator won't be able to examine material evidence until all the hot spots are extinguished.
Ulven said that there were several fire hazards in the building, including fuel, fiberglass, acetylene, ammunition and other chemicals used for manufacturing.
Fortunately no one was in the building at the time of the fire, and no firefighters were injured, Ulven said.
Ulven said that no official damage estimate has been taken, but said that the value lost in the fire is expected be high.
This story will be updated as new information becomes available.