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Fire destroys building in Southeast Portland, badly burns nearby residence

OregonLive.com logo OregonLive.com 10/24/2021 Douglas Perry, oregonlive.com
The aftermath of the destructive Southeast Portland fire. © The Oregonian The aftermath of the destructive Southeast Portland fire.

A fire ripped through the building at 2800 S.E. Powell overnight, burning it to the ground.

The boarded-up two-story structure across from Cleveland High School “was a total loss,” Terry Foster of Portland Fire & Rescue said in an email to The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Fire and smoke already had engulfed the building, reportedly built in 1913, when firefighters arrived and began battling the blaze. Eight-four firefighters ultimately arrived at the scene, Foster said.


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The blaze also heavily damaged the residence to the building’s east. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire hasn’t yet been identified; an investigation is ongoing.

— Douglas Perry

dperry@oregonian.com

@douglasmperry

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