Blaze Out at Large Battery Warehouse

Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 12:04 PM gHale

A warehouse that stores large batteries in Tualatin, OR, caught fire Thursday evening.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) firefighters got the call just after 5 p.m. and rushed to the 20000 block of Southwest 115th Avenue on a report that six lithium-ion batteries measuring approximately six-feet by four-feet by three-feet had caught fire.

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The batteries contained a large amount of energy, and the incident commander upgraded the incident to a first alarm, which brought additional fire resources to the scene, TVF&R officials said.

A business occupant reported to firefighters the business was performing a new product test when the batteries caught fire.

Crews quickly isolated the fire and said the building’s automatic sprinkler system helped contain the flames, TVF&R said. Although fire containment was quick, complete extinguishment was challenging and took some time.

Due to the potential hazard of the product, the incident commander requested a response from TVF&R’s Hazardous Materials Team. The team assisted with a water containment plan to minimize any environmental impact. The team also monitored air quality for safety and set up a decontamination process for crews that had direct exposure to the smoke and flames.

Occupants from surrounding businesses were evacuated as a precaution. No injuries were reported in the incident.

A fire investigator is working to determine the cause of the fire.

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