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Massive fire at Portland boat storage facility causes $24 million in damage

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A fire tore through a 72,000-square-foot warehouse at Sundance Marina. A fire tore through a 72,000-square-foot warehouse at Sundance Marina.
Firefighters said the damage is estimated to be $24 million. Firefighters said the damage is estimated to be $24 million.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The massive, four-alarm fire that destroyed a boat storage facility on Hayden Island caused $24 million in damage.

Firefighters remained at the scene Tuesday putting out hot spots. It's expected crews will be there all week.

The fire started at Sundance Marina at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Around 350 boats were stored in the 72,000-square-foot warehouse.

The lack of nearby fire hydrants, coupled with the burning boat fuel, fiberglass and other materials inside the building, made the fire difficult to contain.

More than 100 firefighters from Portland and Vancouver were called to the scene.

The cause remains unknown, as investigators were still unable to get into the storage area Tuesday due to the building's collapse.

Backhoes were used Tuesday to help remove materials to potentially allow investigators to go inside.   

Firefighters said Tuesday the preliminary loss is estimated to be around $24 million.

Portland Fire and Rescue is working with the Portland Water Bureau to determine how much water was used to get the fire under control.

"The Portland Water Bureau made adjustments to ensure that we could direct as much water as was needed to the crews fighting the northeast Portland fire," according to a statement from the agency.

Investigators said water flows peaked at around 4,200 gallons per minute. At the same time, Portland Fire and Rescue boats pumped upward of 10,000 gallons per minute over six hours directly from the Columbia River to fight the fire.

That water did not enter the water distribution system, going straight from the river to the fire.

Booming was utilized to help prevent any contaminants from entering the river.

There have been no reports of any injuries connected to the fire or the firefighting efforts.

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