80 workers flee fire at Warrenton seafood plant

80 workers flee fire at Warrenton seafood plant

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Posted on June 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 5 at 7:10 PM

WARRENTON, Ore. -- Crews in Warrenton battled a two-alarm fire Tuesday at an Oregon coast seafood plant that forced 80 employees to evacuate.

The fire was reported about 10:30 a.m. at Pacific Seafood, located at 450 NE Skipanon Drive, according to the Clatsop County Fire Department. It quickly spread to two alarms.

Firefighters from six different agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, battled the blaze for hours. By 4 p.m. Tuesday they had knocked down the flames and were mopping up hot spots.

All 80 workers inside the plant when the fire started were able to escape without injury. The building sustained heavy damage. Witnesses said the front collapsed under huge flames.

"I'd say they were about 50 to 100 feet sometimes and they'd die out and then pop up somewhere else on the building," said witness Gus Bartlet. "And then the front went up and just kept going."

Firefighters were keeping a close eye on the large tanks of anhydrous ammonia used for refrigeration at the plant, but said they had not shown any signs of leakage. 

 

Frank Dulcich, CEO of Pacific Seafood, released a statement Tuesday. "First and foremost, we are grateful that no one has been hurt," he said. "We will announce the details of our actions in the next few days."

Investigators were looking into the cause of the fire. 

 


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