At 2:20 PM on Thursday, August 12, 2021, Newport Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a car fire at the 300 block of SW 9th Street. While in route, dispatch advised the vehicle was inside a building and the building was catching fire. Upon arrival, fire units observed a single-story auto repair shop with heavy smoke and flames coming out of one of the service bays. It was reported that everyone was out of the building. Fire crews established a water supply and quickly knocked down the fire. Additional crews helped with overhauling the structure to ensure full extinguishment. One minor injury was reported. The cause of the fire was improper use of power tools. Newport Fire Department reminds everyone to only use power tools as recommended by the manufacturer.
Newport Fire Department received mutual aid response from Depoe Bay Fire District, Central Oregon Coast Fire District, & Seal Rock Fire District. Lincoln County Sherriff’s Office, Central Lincoln PUD, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Newport Police Department, Pacific West Ambulance and Newport Public Works provided additional assistance. Newport Fire Department responded with 2 fire engines, 1 Rescues, 2 chief officers and 10 firefighters.