Residential fire displaces a family; fire at Fiber-Fab doesn't cause much disruption to operations

Tuesday night was busy for Woodburn Fire District, as firefighters responded to two fires, one at a home in Woodburn and the other at Fiber-Fab in Gervais.

The first fire was at 269 Olive Ave. in West Woodburn, to which firefighters responded around 5:30 p.m. by: PHOTO COURTESY OF WOODBURN FIRE DISTRICT - A house fire on Olive Avenue in West Woodburn displaced an extended family. The fire started in the shelving unit of one of the bedrooms.According to Woodburn Fire Marshal Joel Stein, the fire started in a wardrobe unit in a bedroom.

“Fire damage was limited to a bedroom, but the house sustained smoke and heat damage,” Stein said, adding that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Four people were home at the time of the fire and all made it out safely. The fire displaced an extended family, which was put up in a local hotel by the Red Cross.

“It could be several months before they can move back in,” Stein said, noting that while structural damage was only about $2,000, the damage to the house’s contents could be more than $25, PHOTO COURTESY OF WOODBURN FIRE DISTRICT - A Tuesday evening fire at Fiber-Fab in Gervais resulted in minimal damage when a gas water heater malfunctioned.

Just more than an hour after the call for the house fire, a call to Fiber-Fab, a shower and tub manufacturing company, came in for a smaller fire that was limited to a utility room.

“We also had other units that hadn’t committed to the Olive Avenue fire,” Stein said about those who responded to the 6:40 p.m. fire.

Preliminary investigation shows that the natural gas water heater malfunctioned, sparking nearby papers on a cart.

“There was pretty minor damage,” Stein said. “There was no structural damage. There was smoke in the rest of the building but it’s a large building so we could evacuate the smoke naturally.”

The company was able to continue operations as normal, although it does appear the fire damaged telephone equipment, meaning damages could be more than $10,000.

Mount Angel and Marion County fire districts assisted with the second fire.

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