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October 17, 2013
Marion County Fire District #1 responded to a report of a structure fire at 20:59 on Wednesday located in the 6400 block of Hazelgreen Road NE.
First arriving units found a fully involved barn fire located next to several other structures including an occupied residence. Several explosions of compressed gas cylinders were observed before fire crews began defensive fire attack on the building and quickly contained the fire to the building of origin.
The residence was evacuated and did not suffer any damage. Firefighting water supply was secured by water tenders due to the lack of hydrants in the area.
Overhaul of the contents remained labor intensive due to the need to break up and extinguish round hay bales located in the back of the barn.
In all, twenty fire apparatus arrived on scene which included mutual aid assistance from Silverton and Mt. Angel Fire Departments.
There were no civilian injuries reported and one firefighter was evaluated for heat exhaustion on scene, but not transported.
The barn is suspected to be a total loss, however the cause of the fire and dollar loss is still under investigation.