Portland Scrap Yard Fire Burns Area Homes, Sends Black Smoke Into Air

AIR 12 overview of the fire

A 5-alarm fire in a scrap yard in Northeast Portland Monday morning destroyed buildings and caused the evacuation of businesses and residents' homes.

Firefighters expected to be at the scene overnight and into Tuesday morning to make sure the scene remained under control.

Kim Singer of Diamond Cut Loyalty Canine Rescue said many people from all over the community pitched in to help with the frightened dogs. Some nearby homes and one school have been evacuated.

Air quality was another concern for people in the area. NOTE: red small circle in the very middle is the evacuation zone and those homes need to evacuate. Volunteers are set up at that location to help individuals who have been displaced with food, water and access to resources. Officials said everyone working at the yard was able to get out safely.

Portland Fire & Rescue also shared a map of the one-mile shelter in place zone that was put in effect two hours ago.

The power has been turned off in the area for the safety of the firefighters. The fire began around 9 a.m.at the NW Metal scrap yard near 75th and Killingsworth, KOIN reported.

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Students from Sacajawea Head Start were taken to Scott School, which is shutting its windows and limiting outdoor activity to protect children from the smoke. All students there will be kept indoors for the rest of the day.

Parents of students at Beverly Cleary, Fernwood and Rose City Park schools, downwind from the fire, have been told via email that students there were kept indoors.

The Oregon Public Health Association explained why the smoke is toxic.

Several buildings are near the large fire that is pouring a column of black smoke into the air.

During the first few hours of the blaze, towering plumes of smoke could be seen throughout the Portland area and Vancouver, Wash.

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