Wood dust catches fire at West Oregon mill
No injuries, structure damage reported in Columbia City blaze
A flash fire broke out at the West Oregon Wood Products mill in Columbia City on Saturday night, May 23, but there was no serious structural damage recorded, according to the chief of Columbia River Fire & Rescue.
A press release provided to the Spotlight on Tuesday, May 26, by Jay Tappan states the fire was reported at 10:05 p.m. Fire crews from CRF&R and the Scappoose Fire District responded with six fire engines, along with other support vehicles, and 23 personnel.
The fire was largely controlled by workers at the mill and the fire sprinklers, according to the CRF&R release, and they worked in concert with firefighters to put out smoldering wood and dust over the course of about two hours.
No injuries were reported. Tappan told the Spotlight there appears to be no structural damage from the fire, although a full cost estimate was not available.
The flash fire was caused by hot metal fragments that ignited the wood dust, an investigation determined.
The mill returned to operations Sunday.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT