No cause yet in Monroe Apt fire

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Investigators continue to dig through the smoldering remains of a massive fire that collapsed a six-story apartment building under construction in Northeast Portland.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

The 46-unit Monroe Apartments were about 50% completed when fire tore through the project on Martin Luther King Boulevard early Thursday morning.

Firefighters douse hot spots a day after a massive fire at Monroe Apartments in Northeast Portland, Aug. 9, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Firefighters douse hot spots a day after a massive fire at Monroe Apartments in Northeast Portland, Aug. 9, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

Hot spots and flare-ups are still being hosed down by firefighters.

“We have crews out there all the time. We had a flare up last night so we have to continuously monitor that fire,” said PF&R spokesperson Ron Rouse. “Theere’s so much rubble and a lot of heat and debris down a the bottom. So we still have to keep an eye on it.”

Pavilion Construction had the proper permits and inspections for the project, city inspectors told KOIN 6 News. A sprinkler system was installed at the Monroe Apartments but it wasn’t active.

Building inspectors said it is not intended to be functional until the building is finished.

Six people were forced out of their homes when the fire and the water heavily damaged two nearby houses.

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