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Tuesday in Portland: F-15s flying over Portland this week, Midtown Beer Garden opening downtown and more

Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Tuesday, Aug. 15 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Fire burns through NE Portland apartment building, dog and cat rescued

A fire burned through a three-story apartment building in northeast Portland Monday evening. The fire started at Northeast 8th Avenue and Beech Street just before 5:30 p.m. Gusty winds and high temperatures caused the flames to spread faster and Portland Fire & Rescue decided to bring in more firefighters.

The blaze also raised a threat to nearby buildings. According to firefighters, there were several “spot fires” caused by embers sent into the air.

After multiple searches of the apartment building, crews said no people were inside at the time of the fire. A dog and cat were rescued and both are expected to be OK. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. Crews are working to assistant any displaced residents.

2. F-15s flying over Portland this week for training missions

Portland residents may hear some F-15s zooming through the skies this week for training. The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142 Wing will be conducting routine missions Monday - Thursday nights. The night training sessions allow pilots to stay up-to-date with the requirements of the Air Force, according to officials.

Master Sgt. Steph Sawyer, with the 142nd Wing, said the night training “is essential to the readiness of our pilots to defend the Pacific Northwest under any conditions. We appreciate the continued support and understanding of our fellow Oregonians.”

3. Midtown Beer Garden opening this weekend in downtown Portland

Expensify just announced that the Midtown Beer Garden will hold its grand opening on Sunday at Southwest 5th and Harvey Milk Street. Mayor Ted Wheeler is expected to be among those speaking at the opening around 3 p.m.

The location’s previous food cart pod was a Portland staple, but faced several challenges over the years. Expensify, whose world headquarters is across the street from the pod, partnered with ChefStable to help reimagine the pod as the new Midtown Beer Garden.

“We want to bring back the liveliness and vibrancy of our neighborhood that was lost somewhere along the way during the pandemic,” Expensify founder and CEO David Barrett said. “All of us at Expensify are huge fans of the food cart culture here, and it was such a shame to see its slow decline over the past few years. This revamped experience will remind everyone that the heart of our city still beats strong, and hopefully stroke a renaissance for surrounding businesses as well.”

The Midtown Beer Garden is set to feature 25 new and legacy food carts, a central beer cart by Fracture Brewing, a stage for live music and more. First responders, including police, fire, ambulance and workers with Downtown Portland Clean & Safe, will always eat free at Midtown Beer Garden while on duty.

Thanks for reading! See you tomorrow with all the latest Portland news.

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