Firefighters spent nearly three hours late Sunday, February 16, 2014, fighting a three-alarm blaze at an automotive shop in northeast Portland, OR. The fire at German Formula, Inc., located at Northeast 11th Avenue and Couch Street, caused extensive damage, cut power to the block, and forced evacuations of nearby homes, said Gabriel Watson, a spokesman for Portland Fire and Rescue. No one was injured.
Bianca Hansrote was walking home that night when she saw a fire engine in front of her house. "We were terrified when we saw it," Hansrote said. "We thought it was our house."
It wasn't. The fire roared in back of her house through German Formula. Ignited about 9:30 p.m., the blaze took about 100 firefighters nearly three hours to knock it down. During that time, officials evacuated four households, cut electricity to part of the block, and closed nearby streets. With small explosions inside the building, firefighters had to stand back 50 feet in the snow and douse it with 4,000 gallons of water. Extensive damage was done to the shop and the cars inside.