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Barn fire closes three roads

by: CINDY FAMA - Firefighters bring a barn fire under control after propane tanks exploded inside this barn outside Colton.A Colton-area barn fire at 23342 S. Schieffer Road has closed nearby roads to traffic, including South Schieffer, South Partridge and South Gordon roads.

At about 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday), 15 units from Colton, Estacada and Molalla fire districts responded to the report of a residential fire at that address.

Flames and smoke shot into the air following the explosion of what is thought to have been three propane tanks inside a barn on a farm known as “the Old Miller Place.”

Molalla Fire Chief Vince Stafford said one truck from Molalla responded, and that Clackamas Fire District got called to assist at about 2:15 p.m.

Cindy Fama, a Molalla Pioneer correspondent, is at the scene. Fama said the blaze was the result of a trash fire that got out of control.

Firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to the nearby farm house.

By 3 p.m., the fire was brought under control, but the roads are still closed.