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Blaze In Metal Garbage Bin Causes Total Loss Of Warehouse

Sun., May 25, 1997, midnight

Investigators say a fire in a metal garbage bin caused the blaze that destroyed a warehouse Friday in Northeast Portland.

A statement from the Portland Fire Bureau said interviews with firefighters and other witnesses concluded that the fire began in the bin, which was filled with waste paper, and spread up a plastic garbage chute to the inside of the building.

Firefighters said the origin of the blaze is not considered suspicious. The building and its contents were listed as a total loss. Damage was put at $900,000.

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