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Thunderbird Hotel Owner Fined For Asbestos Violations In Fire Cleanup

OPB | July 15, 2013 9:37 p.m. | Portland

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Ten months after a major hotel fire in North Portland, state regulators have fined the hotel’s owners over problems with the demolition and cleanup.

The Thunderbird Hotel on Hayden Island erupted in flames last September. Work crews cleaned it up in the weeks that followed.

But Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality has fined the hotel owners more than $29,000 for not properly dealing with asbestos at the site.

Esther Westbrook with DEQ says, “By having workers do the demolition, rather than having an asbestos abatement contractor come in and remove all of that asbestos - the companies saved around $8000.”

Westbrook says the owner can’t claim ignorance — because Thunderbird’s operators received an asbestos report in 2006, showing where asbestos was on the property.

The fire remains under investigation.

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