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Keizer Barn Destroyed in Late Afternoon Fire - PHOTOS

Investigators are looking into reports of people leaving the area just before the fire started.

Keizer Oregon barn fire 9-12-10
Special thanks to Keizer Fire for the accompanying images.

(KEIZER, Ore.) - Keizer Fire District crews responded to a reported Barn fire at 7198 River Road N. In Keizer, Oregon. The initial call was received at 4:22 p.m. with units arriving on scene in approximately 5 minutes.

Joel Stein, Fire Marshal with Keizer Fire, says the first unit on scene reported heavy black smoke coming from both ends of the 5000 square foot single story building.

"Within 2 minutes of units arriving on scene, and before hose lines could be completely deployed, the building became totally engulfed in fire. With water supplies limited, and required to be brought in with tanker trucks, the building was deemed a loss, and attention was focused on saving a nearby building formerly used for drying wheat," Stein said.

The destroyed barn was built in the 1920's and was primarily vacant so there was no loss to the contents, and the structure loss is placed at approximately $5,000.00.

Crews will remain on scene for several hours conducting fire watch to ensure the fire doesn't spread to the saved dryer building.

Stein says there were no reported injuries with approximately 35 firefighters on scene. The Keizer Fire District was assisted by units from Marion County Fire District #1 and Salem Fire Department. In all, 9 units were on scene.

Stein says the fire remains under investigation, however, fire personnel were told that there may have been people at the location just before the fire was reported by a passer-by on River Road.

As part of the ongoing investigation, Stein says investigators will follow-up on witness information in an attempt to determine a cause.

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