Multiple food carts near Portland State University were damaged in a predawn fire Tuesday morning, Portland Fire & Rescue officials said.

The fires were reported about 4:30 a.m. in the area of Southwest Fourth Avenue, between Hall and College streets.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fires, which damaged or destroyed five carts.

The Portland Fire Bureau blocked off traffic on surrounding streets — Southwest Fourth Avenue, Hall Street and College Street — as firefighters monitored a handful of propane tanks that were near the damaged carts.

Moving north along Southwest Fourth Avenue, the following carts have been damaged or destroyed:

  • Phat Cart: damaged
  • Krua  Bangkok: destroyed 
  • Rice and Noodle: destroyed 
  • Comfortably Yum: destroyed 
  • The Fusion Box: damaged

Bam Promsawat, owner of Bangkok Curry Co., rushed to the scene of the fire near the university campus.

“Somebody called and said come, there’s a fire,” said Promsawat, whose cart was undamaged.

Rika Ratanavetin said Krua Bangkok, a cart she owns with her family, suffered damage.

“We came here thinking it was ours,” Ratanavetin said.

After surveying the damage, Ratanavetin said she was trying to contact the owner of Comfortably Yum, another of the damaged carts.

Damage estimates and cause were not immediately available.

This story will be updated.

Stuart Tomlinson and Beth Nakamura, both of The Oregonian/OregonLive staff, contributed to this report.

— The Oregonian

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