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Dance studio damaged in SW Portland fire

Posted: Updated: Jan 29, 2018 11:02 AM
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A longtime Portland Irish dance school is looking for a temporary space following a fire.

Heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from a building near Southwest Beaverton Hillsdale Highway and 45th Adam Sunday morning.

Portland Fire and Rescue said at least three businesses in the building have fire damage. One of those businesses is the Murray School of Irish Dancing.

“I didn’t want the building to go up in flames,” teacher Geraldine Murray said. “I was really concerned.”

“I make my livelihood teaching Irish dancing and if I don’t have a place to teach then I don’t know what I’m going to do,” she continued.

Murray said she’s been teaching in the spot for more than 20 years.

“It’s the most challenging and the most rewarding thing to do and I’m headed into one of those challenges right now,” she told FOX 12.

Murray said the fire doesn’t just affect her, but also all her students.

“It’s still sad and it’s still soaking in,” student Eloise Hook said.

“I was like really sad and worried and I was like wondering how we would practice and where we would practice,” student Una O’Hare added.

Murray and her students said thankfully they’re family and they’re hopeful everything will work out. 

“I was sad, but I was really happy there was no one in the building,” student Daragh O’Hare said.

“I want them to feel this is just things and we’re bigger than things, and we’re just going to have still a good time dancing and getting ready for what we need to in the future,” Murray said.

Murray is now looking for a temporary spot for her kids to practice. A GoFundMe has been started and can be found here.

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