PORTLAND -- Illegal fireworks that landed on the roof started a fire at NE 17th and Alberta late Monday evening.

The flames damages the contents and buildings that house Barista Coffee Shop at 1725 NE Alberta and the Aviary at 1733 NE Alberta, according to Portland Fire Bureau spokeswoman Kim Kosmas.

Aviary was temporarily closed while employees assessed the damage.

Crews arriving shortly after 10 p.m. saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof and chose a defensive strategy, according to Kosmas. A second-alarm was called to bring more firefighters to the blaze.

Crews were then able to attack the fire, including hot spots inside. The flames caused an estimated $100,000 damage.

Read or Share this story: