Two-alarm fire destroys Gaston barn
It took more than 50 firefighters to extinguish a two-alarm fire that destroyed a barn, severl vehicles and started two smaller fires in Gaston on Saturday.
Firefighters from the Gaston Fire Department were called to a barn fire near Southwest Springhill Road and Laurelwood Road at about 4:17 p.m., June 1. The 4,000 square foot barn was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived and crews were held back from fighting the blaze by downed power lines, according to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue.
Making things more difficult was a lack of fire hydrants in the rural area, requiring crews to bring water to the scene on water tenders. A steady 10 to 15 mile per hour wind sent embers into the air and started a small brush fire in a nearby drainage ditch. Embers also traveled a half-mile away and were found smoldering in a sawdust pile used by a local tree nursery.
Eventually, crews were able to attack the flames and prevent the blaze from spreading to a nearby structure which contained a bulldozer and combine as well as other farming equipment.
After an hour, firefighters had most of the flames out in the structure and the surround brush.
Two firefighters from Gaston were evaluated for heat exhaustion, but were not taken to a hospital, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue said in a statement.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The barn was home to three classic cars in it, a 1967 Chevelle, 1967 El Camino and 1956 Chevy, which were all destroyed. A utility truck parked near the barn was also destroyed in the fire.
In a statement, the Gaston Fire District said as summer approaches and Oregon's fire season begins, fire safety is even more important than ever.
"Whether you are at home or out recreating in our fine state, please always take steps to be fire safe," the district said in a statement.
Gaston Fire was assisted on scene by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, the Cornelius Fire Department, Yamhill Fire District, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, McMinnville Fire Department, Carlton Fire District, Metro West Ambulance and the Washington County Sheriffs Office.
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