Fire damages Portland skyscraper Yeon Building

Arson investigators looking at the cause

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Investigators determined there is no connection between a naked woman who climbed the flagpole atop the Oregon Bank Building and a blaze at the nearby Yeon Building that required 60 firefighters to extinguish.

The fire bureau said the incident was reported around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday and quickly went to a second alarm. The flames were contained to the rooftop of the Yeon Building, located at Southwest 5th and Alder.

The burn area was about 25 feet in circumference, authorities said. The cause of the fire at the Yeon Building has not yet been determined.

A statement to KOIN 6 News from Traci Paulk for the building’s owners, the Urban Renaissance Group, said: “We are pleased to report there has been no business disruption for Yeon tenants. The building did not sustain water damage and overall fire damage was limited to the outdoor roof deck area. We expect this area to be restored to its full capacity in short order.”

Photos: Fire atop Yeon Building in Portland

A woman was arrested after she climbed atop the Yeon Building, stripped and climbed the flag pole, Aug. 21, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A woman was arrested after she climbed atop the Yeon Building, stripped and climbed the flag pole, Aug. 21, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Around that same time, officers were responding to a report of a naked woman on the roof of the Oregon Bank building at 319 SW Washington. Officials said she stripped, climbed the flag pole, grabbed the American flag and went back down the pole.

She wrapped herself in the flag while holding a lighter and fire extinguisher, officials said, and then began throwing construction glue off the roof.

Several vehicles on the street were damaged by the glue.

She was taken into custody and taken for a mental health evaluation.

 

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