An old Grain Craft factory in Pendleton, Oregon, was destroyed Wednesday morning due to a fire that broke out at the facility.
Grain Craft is the third largest flour mill in the country and employs 22 employees, according to the East Oregonian.
Just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, authorities received reports of black smoke coming from Pendleton Flour Mills.
Reports indicate that while smoke billows from the area, no visible flames have emanated from the site, Pendleton Police Chief Chuck Byram said in a Wednesday news release from the city. .
Pendleton Fire Department firefighters arrived on the scene and extinguished a small fire that broke out at the plant.
At around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, a fire broke out in the area, police said, completely engulfing the factory because of the dried grain stored inside and because the structure was made of wood.
The local fire department and eight other agencies responded to the second fire. No injuries have been reported.
While the building was destroyed, local officials insisted that the fire was an ongoing emergency due to the grain burning slowly.
Also on Wednesday, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office announced that the nearby district court was closed because the fire could burn for days, according to the East Oregonian.
In an update on Thursday, the city government said the local fire department and support agencies were still on the scene, adding that firefighters “will have many long days ahead.” before this incident ends.”
Tony Pierotti, Pendleton’s assistant fire chief, said the silos were at full capacity containing finished grain, so the fuel for the fire was huge.
The cause of the fires is still under investigation.
The Pendleton Flour Mill is a historic structure in the city, dating back to 1910 when it was operated by a company called Fisher Flour, which sold bagged flour in Northwest Thailand. Binh Duong, East Oregonian reported.
The structure that burned down this week dates back to 1920, according to the newspaper.
“Factories known for the highly successful Power and Mondako brands, coupled with their dedication to providing personalized customer service and premium products,” said the East Oregonian report. . “These include premium soft and hard wheat flours, and proprietary blends specifically designed to meet customer needs.”
The factories were eventually transferred to Grain Craft, which has operated the site since 2014.
This article originally appeared in Western Magazine.
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