PORTLAND -- The wheel of a fire engine fell off while crews were headed to a Southeast Portland house fire sparked by a hash oil lab Thursday morning.

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Ladder 7 was dispatched at 11:00 a.m. to a fire near Southeast 82st Avenue and Lambert Street. On the way, the driver-side front wheel fell off.

The driver safely brought the 80,000-lb. truck to a stop on the side of the street. None of the four-man crew was injured. Another vehicle was dispatched to the fire.

The 1-year-old engine cost more than $1 million, according to firefighter Tommy Schroeder.

It was still unclear Friday morning what exactly went wrong.

Multiple parts in the front independent suspension failed, Schroeder said.

Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssen ordered an immediate inspection of all similar vehicles.

We're looking for flaws, cracks, or any other visual signs of fatigue or defects, said technician Richard Smith who was checking vehicles Thursday afternoon.

Maintenance crews had inspected a dozen vehicles with similar suspension systems by Thursday evening.

We are a response organization, if we can't get to you, we can't get help you, said Deputy Chief John Nohr. So it's very important the our vehicles are maintained at the highest level.

Wisconsin-based Pierce Manufacturing built the engine and was also investigating the issue.


Mike Benner and Cornelius Swart contributed to this report

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