Despite fire Pacific Coast Seafood keeps workers

A two-alarm fire burns at Pacific Coast Seafoods in Warrenton on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (Laura Frazier)
A two-alarm fire burns at Pacific Coast Seafoods in Warrenton on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (Laura Frazier)

WARRENTON, Ore. (KOIN) — More than 140 workers at the Warrenton plant of the Pacific Seafood Company will remain on the payroll following a fire that ravaged the facility earlier this week.

Investigators do not have a cause of the fire but said foul play is not suspected.

Firefighters battled a massive blaze at Pacific Coast Seafoods in Warrenton, June 4, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Firefighters battled a massive blaze at Pacific Coast Seafoods in Warrenton, June 4, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

The fire erupted Tuesday morning and required 55 firefighters, six departments and even the Coast Guard to battle the blaze that billowed black smoke seen for miles.

Pacific Seafood, with plants in Clackamas and Newport, is one of the largest seafood companies on the West Coast and is the largest employer in that area.

A worker at Pacific Coast Seafood in Warrenton gives a thumbs up as they clean up from a fire that ravaged the facility earlier in the week, June 7, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
A worker at Pacific Coast Seafood in Warrenton gives a thumbs up as they clean up from a fire that ravaged the facility earlier in the week, June 7, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

The employees are on site helping with clean-up and other preparations. They’re clearing the dock and hope to be operational soon at a temporary facility in Astoria that will be ready in about eight days.

Because the temporary plant will be open quickly, the CEO decided to keep the employees on at full benefit and pay.

Warrenton Mayor Mark Kujala said, “Families are dependent on the seafood industry for their livelihood. You know, as soon as they can get going and be back at it, we appreciate it.”

Hair stylist Kellie Simonsen agreed. “That they’re going to be paid is amazing for everybody because that affects this whole community.”

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