Black black smoke is pouring from the former Jordan's building, which is also home to Hugo's, Rabelais Books, Dean's Sweets, Pepperclub/Good Egg, and I think one other business whose name eludes me at the moment (sorry). A huge plume soared over the city a few minutes ago, and sirens are still sounding around Portland as fire trucks rush to the scene.
It was apparently a "pretty crazy" morning at Gritty's, whose building's roof had a fire earlier - smoke was visible around the downtown. But they're open for business, so not to worry.
And we suggest sampling some Gritty's this very evening - not at Gritty's, but at Port City Music Hall, where we at the Portland Phoenix are throwing a party to celebrate our 10th anniversary!