Dramatic fire badly damages Ore. plywood mill

Fire at Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill began after 4:40 p.m. on Thursday

A KOIN 6 viewer's photo of the fire at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill, July 17, 2014. (Report It/Paco)
A KOIN 6 viewer's photo of the fire at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill, July 17, 2014. (Report It/Paco)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — A dramatic fire at a plywood mill in the Willamette Valley community of Springfield, Oregon, has badly damaged the complex and prompted a brief evacuation notice for surrounding neighborhoods.

The Register-Guard reported that a police officer at the scene said all Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill employees were accounted for. There was no word of any injuries.

The fire started shortly after 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Multiple explosions were reported. Some workers at the scene say they think propane or glue tanks may have exploded.

Eugene police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin said an evacuation order was lifted Thursday evening once firefighters had the blaze contained. Multiple fire departments responded and a helicopter dropped buckets of water.

Melody Fairbanks has worked at the mill for 20 years. In her words, “This is the worst thing that could happen to me.”

The newspaper says the 33-acre mill is owned by privately held Glendale-based Swanson Group Mfg. LLC.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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