Crews fully contain Saginaw mill fire

Crews were still putting out hot spots Monday night.

Posted: May 28, 2018 7:15 PM
Updated: May 28, 2018 7:48 PM

SAGINAW, Ore. – Fire crews have fully contained the fire that destroyed a mill near Cottage Grove Sunday night.

Fire Chief John Wooten with South Lane County Fire & Rescue said on Monday crews were putting water on hot spots and establishing a perimeter where the 180,000 square foot Whitsell Manufacturing mill used to be to keep the fire from spreading.

READ MORE: Fire destroys Whitsell mill in Saginaw

He said nearly 50 firefighters from multiple agencies from throughout the county were sent to help on the fire, that he said is the most destructive fire he has ever responded to.

"This is the largest structure fire I’ve been on in my career,” Wooten said. “This is the fastest moving mill fire I think I've ever seen. From the time we got the call until the time the structure was completely on the ground. It was less than 30 minutes."


He said the damages are estimated to cost up to $10 million.

Wooten said crews plan on monitoring the scene the next few days and they will start their investigation into what may have caused the fire on Tuesday.

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