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Two food carts, 10 vehicles damaged after fire in downtown Portland

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Portland Fire and Rescue crews responded to a two-alarm fire at a downtown food cart Wednesday afternoon.

PF&R officials say the food cart pod where the fire is located is at Southwest 1st Avenue and Columbia.

Multiple explosions were confirmed by fire investigators when they found several ruptured propane tanks in the burned debris.

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in about 15 minutes.

Officials say two food carts, Lai Thai and The Greek Gods Gyro, and 10 vehicles were heavily damaged in the fire.

PF&R said several workers were treated for minor injuries on scene.

FOX 12 spoke to Brian Greg who says he could only watch from above as his truck caught fire and then exploded. 

"I ran up to the window, I look down, someone said whose truck is that? Just nonchalant said 'that's mine,'" said Greg. "All I know is I looked down, there was a huge flame, a big loud kaboom and there was nothing left of my truck."

Greg says he feels lucky, thankful he didn't leave the office early.

"I guess someone was looking over me today, 'don't leave yet, make that one more sales call,'" Greg said.

PF&R said the fire was caused when a food cart employee was re-fueling a generator that they use for power. Some of the fuel spilled and fumes from that found an ignition source and ignited. They say the fire was due to user-error because they re-fueled a hot generator.

Workers tried to fight the flames with several fire extinguishers, but the fire quickly spread out of control.

The Portland Police Bureau had several streets around the pod closed while crews extinguish the fire.

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