Utility and Misc

Fire breaks out during battery test at Tualatin warehouse

A fire broke out Thursday during a new product test of six large lithium-ion batteries at a Tualatin warehouse.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said crews responded to the 20000 block of Southwest 115th Avenue about 5:05 p.m. Someone from the business that was performing the testing reported the batteries were on fire.

Firefighters quickly contained the blaze, but it took a while to completely extinguish the flames. The building’s automatic sprinkler system helped contain the fire and minimize damage to the building and its contents.

A hazmat team responded, and authorities carried out a water containment plan to minimize any environmental effects, according to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. The hazmat team also monitored air quality and set up a decontamination process for crews that had been directly exposed to smoke and flames, the agency said.

Surrounding businesses were evacuated as a precaution, according to the agency, and no one was hurt.

A fire investigator responded to determine the cause of the one-alarm blaze.

The fire and rescue agency didn’t publicly identify the business where the blaze occurred in a news release late Thursday.

Source: Oregon Live

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