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Portland scrap fire spreads to apartments

More than a dozen cats have died in the fire.

Posted: Mar. 12, 2018 3:27 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A large fire at a Portland scrap yard has spread to an apartment building and a duplex, burning some units.

The wind-driven fire began Monday morning and fire officials say it will burn for hours. No injuries have been reported, though more than a dozen cats have died.

Portland Fire & Rescue says piles of scrap cars caught fire, and the blaze has been difficult to fight because of the wind, flammable materials and an inadequate water supply.

A giant plume of smoke could be seen for miles in the Portland area and Vancouver, Washington. Fire officials evacuated some homes, and said anyone within a mile of the blaze should close their windows or leave.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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