LINCOLNCITY, Ore. -- A Lincoln City seafood market caught fire Thursday.

A fire at the historic Crab Pot seafood market started around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon and sent huge plumes of smoke into the air.

Fire fighting operations and crowds of onlookers caused major traffic delays along Highway 101.

A malfunction with a crab pot smoker apparently sparked the blaze and flames quickly spread, according to North Lincoln Fire &Rescue. The owner was able to escape and call firefighters.

The fire triggered one explosion in a butane tank. A firefighter was injured but treated and released from Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.

The fire closed traffic along Highway 101 for about two hours.

The Crab Pot was well known to Highway 101 travelers through Lincoln City for over 40 years. It was not only the business, but also the home of the owner.

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