Blaze Tears Through Ore. Firehouse



A four-alarm blaze ripped through a fire station and two businesses in the coastal town of Cloverdale, fire crews said.

Tillamook Fire District Fire Marshal Rueben Descloux said about 100 firefighters and responders battled the blaze, which began at about 4 p.m. Friday. The fire destroyed Sher-Win Auto Repair and Tow Service and partially collapsed the Nestucca Fire Administration Building, he said. A Napa Auto Parts store was also heavily damaged in the fire.

Highway 101 was closed for several hours as firefighters worked to control the flames. Fire crews said they also evacuated homes near the scene.

At one point, crews had to pull back because the fire spread into the second story of the auto parts store and the attic of the fire station, Descloux said.

He called the fire "challenging."

The affected buildings encompassed about 150 feet of frontage along Highway 101, fire officials said.

Descloux said he believes fire crews were able to save some equipment from the station.

"(Firefighters) got the fire apparatus out in time, but that is their primary station and administration building, as well," he said.

One person suffered non-life-threatening burns in the fire, he said.

The investigation into the cause of the fire will begin Saturday.

Cloverdale is about 20 miles north of Lincoln City along the Oregon Coast.


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