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Smoldering chaff barrel causes $100K in damages to warehouse

Fire chars Oregon Coffee Roaster Inc. of North Plains

Oregon Coffee Roaster Inc., in North Plains sustained an estimated $100,000 in damage Monday night when a plastic 55-gallon barrel of chaff from freshly-roasted coffee beans smoldered and burned inside the warehouse.

The incident occurred between 7:30 p.m. Monday, when the owner left the warehouse, and 6:40 a.m. Tuesday, when the first employee arrived for work to find the entire building full of smoke.

The fire burned inside the warehouse, located at 31830 N.W. Commercial St., where two roasting furnaces are located and the entire coffee bean inventory is stored.

Heat and smoke destroyed electrical outlets, a section of the wall and ceiling, as well as damaged the floor in the immediate vicinity of where the barrel burned.

Officials from Washington County Fire District 2 said the fire burned itself out and did not spread. Because the fire occurred after business hours and died out on its own, no one was aware the fire had occurred until Tuesday morning, because there were no smoke or heat detectors installed in the building.

Washington County Fire District 2 reminds citizens of the importance of having working smoke alarms. For residential dwellings, install smoke detectors outside of sleeping areas on every level of the home, and for maximum protection, inside each bedroom.

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