Canby fire

Firefighters from the Canby Fire District douse hot spots after a 40-by-40-foot building housing vehicles, equipment and supplies at a nursery burned May 9 near Canby, Ore.

CANBY, Ore. — Fire engulfed a building at an Oregon nursery on May 9, destroying an estimated $450,000 worth of vehicles and equipment inside, fire officials say.

No one was seriously hurt and no other structures were damaged in the blaze at Douglas Nursery Inc. on South Mulino Road in Canby, Ore., said Jim Davis, Canby Fire District chief.

Davis said the fire was reported at 4:30 p.m., and strong winds kept firefighters on their toes protecting a nearby home and chasing spot fires up to a quarter-mile away. The district had declared a Red Flag Condition with wind gusts of up to 25 mph.

“The firefighters took a heck of a beating trying to protect the house,” Davis said.

Officials have not yet determined the cause of the fire, though Davis said it does not appear to be suspicious. The fire apparently started in the northwest corner of the building and quickly swallowed the structure, sending up a plume of thick black smoke.

Davis said the building was being used to store chemicals, PVC pipe, plastic containers for potting, equipment and vehicles — including four tractors and one truck.

The nursery’s owner, Jim Manuel, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Firefighters from other agencies, including Aurora, Molalla, Colton, Clackamas County and Tualatin Valley fire departments, assisted on scene.

All of the water had to be hauled in. Nine tenders shuttled in 39,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, according to the fire district’s Twitter account.

Davis said a burning ban remains in effect.

“We just ask the public to please abide by that,” he said. “We are in very dry conditions right now.”

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