Amity 3-alarm fire shuts down 99W

Amity 3-alarm fire shuts down 99W

Credit: Nathan Grimes & Brenden Paul

Amity 3-alarm fire shuts down 99W

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by KGW.com staff

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Posted on February 25, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 26 at 4:06 PM

AMITY, Ore. -- A 3-alarm business and apartment fire closed down Hwy 99W in Amity for several hours. Traffic was still being flagged through the area Saturday afternoon and drivers were experiencing short delays.

The building on N. Trade St. caught fire at around 4:45 p.m., right across from the fire station.  Because of the nature of the blaze, crews were called in from across Yamhill County, a total of around 100 firefighters and 25 fire trucks and other vehicles.

The building is comprised of six apartment units and three businesses, including the Camino Real Mexican Restaurant.  Everyone inside the complex got out safely and no one was injured.  The Red Cross is extending its help to anyone at the scene who needs it.

The fire -- which destroyed the building -- burned for about 90 minutes before it was brought under control.  The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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The water used to fight the fire has created icy conditions in the area.  Firefighters closed Hwy 99W for safety precautions until Saturday morning.

"I've been a firefighter here for 24 years, and it's been a long time since we've had any fire like this," said Amity Fire District Capt. Eric McMullen.  "With the fire district being right across the street, we were here as quickly as we could be."

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