Facade on SE Portland building collapses

No one was injured

A commercial building in Southeast Portland partially collapsed Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The facade of a 4-business building came crashing down Wednesday afternoon along a busy Southeast Portland street.

A parapet from the building on SE Division Street and SE 48th Avenue fell onto the sidewalk, PF&R Lt. Rich Chatman said. The building houses New Rose Tattoo, Cheshire Motorsports, Nomad Piercing Studio and The Figure Foundation.

Chatman told KOIN 6 News the collapse only damaged the building’s facade.

A commercial building in Southeast Portland partially collapsed Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (KOIN)

As cleanup continued Wednesday night, everyone was thankful no one was injured.

“I don’t know how no one was underneath the bricks,” Daric Cheshire from Cheshire Motorsports said, adding that he narrowly avoided being pummeled. “I just walked back inside and that’s all it was — a big plume of mortar dust all the way in to the back of the shop.”

Tami Olds, who lives nearby, said she was cruising by on her scooter just a few minutes before bricks crashed onto the sidewalk.

“I’m really grateful I’m alive. It’s a beautiful day. I came over here and went wow, that was close!” Olds said. “It must not have been my time.”

The area around the building will remained cordoned off “for a while” until city engineers can assess its structural integrity and determine what caused the collapse.