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Marion County Fire District #1 responds to commercial fire at hazelnut drying facility (Photo) - 10/14/20

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At 1:52 this morning 10/14/2020 Marion County Fire District #1 (MCFD1) units were dispatched to the report of a fire at a hazelnut drying facility at 7550 65th Ave NE. Initial responding units from MCFD1 Fire Station 5 in Brooks reported visible flames from just outside their station and requested a second alarm.  The fire was burning in a hopper containing approximately 50,000 pounds of hazelnuts. The facility is located in an area with no fire hydrants and required water to be shuttled to extinguish the fire. A request was made for four additional water tenders to help shuttle water to the scene. The fire was brought under control and contained to a single hopper in about 45 minutes. Units remained on scene for several additional hours cutting open the hopper and applying large volumes of water to fully extinguish the hazelnuts burning inside. There were seven engines,  six water tenders, two  medic units, two battalion chiefs and a ladder truck with 40 personnel assigned to the fire, This response required the use of numerous mutual aid units from multiple fire districts to assist and the scene and provide coverage for MCFD1 for the duration of the fire. MCFD1 would like to thank Keizer, Silverton, Mount Angel, Monitor, and Woodburn Fire Districts as well as Woodburn Ambulance, Marion County Sherriff’s Office, Marion County Public Works, PGE and NW Natural Gas for their assistance at the scene and Turner Fire District, Salem Fire and Falck Ambulance for covering multiple calls occurring within MCFD1 during the fire.  There were no injuries to firefighters or workers at the facility. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation but is not suspicious in nature and is believed to be related to the drying process.

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