Blaze at Hemp Drying Plant Causes $750K Loss

March 5, 2020

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Blaze at Hemp Drying Plant Causes $750K Loss
Firefighters responded to a blaze at a hemp drying plant in Oregon on Tuesday. Image courtesy of Marion County Fire District #1

More than 40 firefighters responded to a blaze at a hemp drying facility in Marion County, OR on Tuesday, Marion County Fire District #1 said in a post to its Facebook page. The fire reportedly started in a piece of hemp drying equipment, causing an estimated loss of $750,000.

Crews were called to the site near Howell Prairie Rd. and Sunnyview Rd. NE at about 4:45 p.m. Personnel from the Salem Fire Department and Silverton Fire District reported to the scene to provide assistance. 

“It took crews nearly four hours to get the fire under control due to the particularly difficult access to the fire located within heavy machinery inside the structure,” the fire district said in the post.

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Two firefighters were transported to an area hospital for minor injuries during the incident.

Last November, emergency personnel responded to an explosion and fire at the GenCanna hemp processing plant in Winchester, KY. The part of the plant where the fire broke out is used for CBD oil extraction, according to coverage by NBC News affiliate LEX 18, and some chemicals were present. Flames caused heavy structural damage to the section of the facility, officials told local media.

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