Smoky Portland Tanker Fire in Railroad Yard Under Control – ABC News
The latest on six tankers burning near Portland, Oregon ( all times local):
A tanker fire burning in a riverside railroad yard is under control.
Portland Fire spokesman Terry Foster says the blaze was coming from underneath one of the six rail cars involved in Sunday morning’s blaze. Authorities say the tanker fire material is hot asphalt and it will take about two hours to cool.
Foster says an exact cause of the fire is still unknown.
There were no injuries from the fire that sent plumes of black smoke over the city.
Authorities in Portland say six tankers containing tar or asphalt are burning in a riverside railroad yard near the iconic St. Johns Bridge.
Firefighter Jesse Altig says there are no reports of injuries. Firefighters were called about 8:45 a.m. Sunday to the industrial area along U.S. 30 just south of the bridge on the Willamette River.
Altig says nearby businesses are evacuated. He says the nearest homes are about a half-mile from the fire.
Portland police Sgt. Peter Simpson says the highway is closed and a half-marathon race in the area is canceled.
Video shows spectacular flames towering over treetops in the area.
The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately known.
Altig says firefighters are using foam to quell flames, and nearby railroad cars are being moved away.