- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A fire broke out at a power substation west of Portland, sending a plume of black smoke into the sky.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue says the blaze is contained, and firefighters and Bonneville Power Administration staff will continue to monitor it.

The fire started at about 12:45 p.m. With the smoke visible from heavily traveled U.S. 26, images of the plume lit up social media.

Bryan Noonan says he was stepping out of the cafeteria at Intel when he saw flames tower above the substation. He says: “We watched it for a good 20 to 30 minutes and it wasn’t going down at all.”

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