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Fire Completely Destroys Pendleton Flour Mills Building in Eastern Oregon


A massive fire devastated a building at Pendleton Flour Mills in Eastern Oregon on Wednesday.

“Officials said that a small fire that started on Tuesday afternoon and reignited early Wednesday morning caused the Pendleton Flour Mills to go up in flames,” The Gateway Pundit reported.

“Yesterday, August 9th at 2:55 p.m., City County Dispatch received a report of black smoke coming from the Pendleton Flour Mills with no visible flames,” said Pendleton Police Chief Chuck Byram.

“The Pendleton Fire Department responded and extinguished the small fire however remained on scene conducting “fire watch.””

“The fire subsequently reignited at approximately 4:00 this morning [Wednesday] at which time it was fully engulfed due to dry grain, as well the wood structure within,” Byram added.

*Source: Pendleton Police Department*

The Gateway Pundit added:

At 9:30 a.m., firefighters were still working the blaze from every direction, and a drone was flying overhead checking for additional hot spots.

There are no more buildings at risk, according to the Pendleton Fire Department, which is being helped by eight other agencies.

“Although the building is a total loss, this will be an ongoing emergent situation due to the amount of grain that is slow burning. There have not been any reported injuries,” Byram said.

People were encouraged to stay out of the area for their own safety, as well as the safety of firemen working diligently to stop the fire.

At 10:55 a.m., it appears that the flames have been extinguished, but firefighters are still on the site focusing on the remaining hot spots.

Grain Craft, which owns the Pendleton Flour Mills, bills itself as the country’s largest independent flour milling enterprise, according to its website.

FOX 12 reported:

A fire destroyed a building at the flour mill in Pendleton overnight.

On Tuesday, just before 3 p.m., crews responded to the report of black smoke coming from the Pendleton Flour Mills with no visible flames. Crews responded and extinguished a small fire, but remained on scene to watch for hot spots.

Police said the fire reignited at about 4 a.m. on Wednesday. The building was fully engulfed due to dry grain, as well as the wood structure.

The building where the fire was located is considered a total loss. Police said there were no other structures involved.

According to police, the fire is burning slow due to the amount of grain in the building. People are being asked to avoid the area while crews remain on scene.

Southeast Emigrant Avenue and Southeast Dorion Avenue are closed near the area of the fire. People are being asked to use Southeast Court Avenue and Southeast Frazier Avenue for east-west traffic.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.


Read our previous report on fires and explosions destroying food processing plants around the country:

Fires and Explosions Destroy 20+ Food Processing Plants Moments After Biden Warns of Food Shortages


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