Residents in Pleasant Hill wake up to loud explosions

Several people discovered that a warehouse caught fire after being woken up by a loud explosion in Pleasant Hill.

Posted: Jan 8, 2018 1:35 PM
Updated: Jan 16, 2018 10:17 AM

PLEASANT HILL, Ore. -- Fire crews are still on the scene of a warehouse that caught fire Monday morning.

The fire broke out at 4 a.m. on Valley Road near Mt. Pisgah. Multiple agencies responded after multiple neighbors reported explosions coming from the property. Various materials and equipment to make exploding rifle targets were housed in the warehouse behind a home on the property.

Several neighbors said they woke up to the loud explosions.

"We woke up to a bang, bang, bang, bang, really extremely loud. And then everything looked like our whole house was lit up, front and back. And then we immediately ran outside," said Phyllis Bagwell, next door neighbor.

Bagwell said she initially didn't know if her house was on fire or a neighboring home.

"It was just a blaze of flame, just skyrocketing," Bagwell added.

Another neighbor, Kristen Erickson, said she figured it was the Tannerite building that caught fire but she wasn't sure what the exposions were.

"It sounded like somebody shooting a gun or fireworks going off. I wasn't sure which," said Erickson.

She said he went outside to see what was going on but it the fog was clouding her view.

"We looked outside and it was super foggy and couldn't really see anything and then we noticed that there was a sort of a glow, an amber glow through the fog in that direction," said Erickson.

KEZI 9 News reached out to the state fire marshal but a cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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