|Two Fires Damage Mill and Semi Truck Trailer in North Plains|
Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
|Published on Sunday June 6, 2021 - 5:56 AM|
At 3:49 p.m., firefighters were called back to the site because mill workers spotted smoke coming from a tall hopper containing sawdust. Due to the significant amount of combustible material and threatened buildings nearby, the fire commander called a second alarm to bring more firefighters and equipment to the scene. A semi-truck trailer full of sawdust was located under the hopper and its contents also caught fire. The truck was moved across the street where firefighters and a City of North Plains public works employee emptied the slow burning contents.
Firefighters have been filling the large hopper with water and will remain on scene for several hours to douse hot spots and decontaminate tools and equipment. The cause of the second fire remains under investigation. No mill workers or firefighters were injured.
TVF&R is grateful for the help from Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (911), Banks Fire District, Washington County Sheriffs Office, the City of North Plains, and Metro West Ambulance.