One Hurt in OR Fire

Monday, March 6, 2017 @ 06:03 PM gHale

Workers at a Beaverton, OR, countertop manufacturer’s building ended up forced to evacuate after a fire broke out Thursday.

A commercial building evacuated as Hazmat crews responded to a large fire Thursday afternoon.

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One person ended up hospitalized with burns from the blaze as the HazMat team ended up called in to Tosoh Quartz as a result of potential chemicals inside the building.

Crews found pressurized smoke coming from the building’s eaves, which caused some concern, so a HazMat crew dispatched to the scene.

“Because of the nature of the business, they actually make countertops here, HazMat was called to the scene to support and advise operations,” said Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) Battalion Chief Kelly Bach.

A TVF&R spokesperson said there were hydrogen and oxygen tanks located outside of the building.

It took fire crews over an hour to bring the flames under control.

A 911 caller said the fire started on the building’s second floor.

Investigators returned to the building Friday to learn the cause of the blaze.

Crews evacuated the building and called for more backup and resources with second and third alarms., which prompted crews to call in hazardous materials team.

Thick black smoke was visible from a distance. Crews had the fire under control by 5:45 p.m.

Located in Portland, Oregon and Durham, England, Tosoh Quartz produces quartz glassware for the semiconductor industry for use in the processing of integrated circuits.

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