Fire damages Central Oregon Seeds Inc. in Madras; firefighter injured as crews on scene well into the night

  • Source: KTVZ-TV NBC/CW+ 21 Bend
  • Published: 06/12/2024 12:00 AM

A major, stubborn fire broke out Monday evening and heavily damaged Central Oregon Seeds Inc., a grass and vegetable seed cleaning operation in Madras, prompting a call-out for assistance from several fire departments around the region and leading to an injury to one firefighter. The fire was reported around 6:35 p.m. at the facility on Northwest Mill Street, off Highway 26, Jefferson County Fire & EMS Chief Jeff Blake said. Deputy Chief of Prevention said the first crews to arrive found heavy smoke coming from the north end of the 36,000-square-foot structure. Crews made access inside and found a working fire along the roof structure and in the walls of large grain storage bins used to store grass seed, Earnest said. Because of the construction of the wooden grain bins and volume of fire, more crews were called out.


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