BORING, Ore. — A fire that destroyed a barn on the property of Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue may have been started by an electrical problem, but a fire inspector could not pinpoint the cause because the building was a complete loss.
Clackamas Fire District #1 spokesman Steve Hoffeditz said the cause will be listed as “undetermined.” The district estimated damage from the Oct. 26 fire at $40,000 to the building and $40,000 to the contents, which included shop equipment.
A passer-by saw the fire at Bushue Family Farm and reported it at 1:30 a.m., about the time the property owner awoke and did the same. Clackamas Fire, aided by firefighters from nearby Gresham, Ore., was able to confine the fire to the barn. No one was injured; the family was able to release goats that were in a corral next to the barn.
Bushue Family Farm grows berries and vegetables and at this time of year also has a pumpkin patch and hosts tours by schoolchildren. The farm resumed tours despite the fire. Barry Bushue could not be reached for comment.