Monday morning, staff at the Apostolic Church reported a fire at one of their buildings.
When Portland Fire Bureau crews arrived they found heavy smoke coming from the church at 5414 SE Duke.
Crews were sent inside the building to try to locate and extinguish the fire and also confirm reports that all occupants had made it out.
Once the extent of the fire was realized by incident commanders a second alarm was ordered to provided much needed additional engines and ladder trucks.
Crews reported that sections of the bow shaped roof and attic floor appeared to be failing; as a result, incident commanders ordered all firefighters to evacuate the interior of the building to avoid serious injury.
Fire crews dealt with several difficulties in this 2 alarm fire one of which was the bow shape of the buildings roof. This type of roof made it difficult for ladder truck crews to provide much needed ventilation of smoke and heat to the attic space. This type of roof can also fail with little to no warning, especially in the case of a fire located in the attic.
Crews were eventually able to re-enter the building and completely extinguish the fire.
Fire investigators said that the fire likely started in a wall near the attic and that they are looking closely at some of the electrical wiring in that wall. They also estimated that the total loss will be close to $1,000,000.