Oregon creamery fire prompts local evacuations
MCMINNVILLE, Oregon / CNN — A three-alarm fire at the Organic Valley Creamery in Oregon triggered evacuations on Tuesday.
McMinnville Fire Department responded to the fire at the creamery located at 700 Northeast Highway 99W just before 1:30 p.m., KPTV reported.
MMFD asked for residents within a ¼ to 1/2 a mile radius from the fire site to evacuate due to ammonia inside the creamery. Evacuation orders have since been lifted.
Ammonia is used to cool the dairy and the supply likely burned off and didn’t get into the larger tanks which was the initial concern, firefighters said. Given the heat, metal roofing and concrete fire officials said the flames will smolder for a while.
A fire official said the damage could be worth upwards of 40 to 50 million dollars.
Organic Valley issued a statement Tuesday afternoon that said they’re grateful no one was hurt and that their main concerns are for their employees, first responders and the community.
The company said they don’t know the full extent of the damage and that there will be a thorough investigation into what happened.