A large brush fire that became a major fire at about 6:30 pm this evening has caused damage to the Lumberyard Bike Park.
According to news reports, the fire started in a large field just south of NE Siskiyou near 84th. The Lumberyard is adjacent to that field. It was open when the fire broke out.
Live aerial footage from local news stations appears to show that the eastern portion of The Lumberyard’s building was damaged by the flames. According to messages posted by Lumberyard staff on their Facebook page, all employees and customers were evacuated safely.
Co-owner Michael Whitesel shared with us via email that they’re waiting news about the extent of the damage. Employee Chris Rotvik shared via Facebook that, “At the moment it appears the ‘Yard was spared major damage. Join us in sending prayers of compassion and love into the surrounding neighborhood, where others were not so fortunate.”
Here’s the official statement posted to the Lumberyard’s Facebook page:
Our hearts go out in support to all those experiencing loss as a result of tonight’s fire. We have immense gratitude for Portland’s fire, police, and emergency services; without their skill and courage, the toll would certainly have been worse. We will not know the full extent of the damage for some number of days and will provide updates as possible.
We’ll update this post when we hear more. Keep your fingers crossed and please think good thoughts for this cherished local business!
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