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Fire near Dundee produces 'significant' damage


Public Safety — Structure fire breaks out Tuesday morning in a commercial building on Worden Hill Road

A commercial building suffered 'significant' damage after a fire that broke out Tuesday in rural Dundee claimed a large portion of the structure.

At 10:06 a.m. the Dundee Fire Department was called out to the structure fire at 8115 Worden Hill Road. Fire Chief John Stock said the building is a 30 by 50 foot shop, split into an agricultural side and a personal storage side.

Stock said a column of smoke was visible from the fire station in downtown Dundee, about one and a half miles away, when the called was dispatched. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the agricultural side of the building. Stock said that side, which housed farm equipment and other items, suffered significant fire and smoke damage. The other side of the structure suffered some heat and smoke damage as well.

“It will be a pretty significant loss to the property owners,” Stock said. “No figures are set yet, but the damage could easily push $80,000. Easily.”

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. Stock said the Yamhill County Fire Investigation Team has dispatched members to the site and, although investigators have some ideas, the cause has yet to be determined.

One apparatus was sent in from Dayton for mutual aid, but Stock said it was not needed on site so it was used to man the Dundee fire house. The Newberg Fire Department also assisted.