Oregon Lumberyard Destroyed by Fire
An Oregon lumberyard was destroyed by fire Sunday.
A blaze at Clark Lumber & True Value Hardware in Tualatin, Ore. was first reported just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday, July 31, according to the Portland Tribune. Clark Lumber & True Value Hardware was a family-owned business and a fixture in Tualatin for more than 50 years, the Tribune reports.
TV station KOIN shared this video:
Neighbor Elbert Hein told KGW that he had heard “popping sounds” from more than a block away.
“I’d never seen anything like that before,” he said. “The size of it and the heat that came from it.”
Firefighters later said those sounds were that of explosions, caused when flames reached pressurized propane tanks. Paint, wood and tools also fueled the fire.
The Portland Tribune reported that there was no fire alarm system in the building, though owners were notified when multiple security alarms activated.
Investigators into the cause of the fire, KOIN, reported.