PORTLAND -- A five-alarm fire destroyed the Thunderbird On The River, formerly the Red Lion hotel on on the west side of the Interstate 5 bridge in Jantzen Beach. The hotel on the east side is reportedly not affected, authorities said.
The blaze broke out shortly before 3 a.m., and crews arrived to find flames shooting through the roof of the western side of the complex. Firefighters called the incident to five alarms at around 4 a.m. with more than 200 crew members working to control the blaze.
Three of the six units are a total loss and a fourth unit is still burning. It's expected to be a total loss and smolder for several days. The hotel has been vacant since 2005.
The freeway was affected for a few hours overnight because of its proximity to the fire.