Fire Destroys Oregon Yard

Island Cedar fireA Thursday morning fire has destroyed a lumberyard in Harrisburg, Oregon.

Just after midnight, crews responded to Island Cedar, reports KEZI TV.  Harrisburg Fire Chief Bart Griffith told media KEZI at the scene that the plan was to let the fire burn itself out, keeping it contained. Griffith told the Albany Democrat-Herald that it took firefighters six hours to get the blaze under control. About 20 to 25 firefighters responded to the scene.

Damages were estimated at $200,000, not including equipment. KVALTV reports that the fire started somewhere on the ground and spread to the lumberyard. About 20 Island Cedar employees will be out of work while the company rebuilds.

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“A lot of cedar got destroyed, and then some equipment got destroyed, trim saws, a sawdust storage container,” Indar Bhan, who has owned the business for 10 years, told The Democrat-Herald.