Fire at Springfield Swanson Mill

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Fire crews from several agencies responded to a fire at Swanson Group’s Springfield Plywood & Veneer mill Thursday evening.

The fire started at about 4:41 p.m at 1651 South F Street, near S 18th and Booth Kelly Road.

An evacuation notice was in effect for a one-mile radius of 26th and South M Street, but has since been lifted. Everyone in that area was alerted by CENS (Community Emergency Notification System) to evacuate. The Red Cross was offering assistance to anyone who needed it. KEZI spoke with Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, and so far no patients have been admitted with injuries due to the fire.

The chief operating officer of Swanson Group, Chuck Wert, rushed to the mill from his offices in Roseburg.

The 250 employees of the mill were accounted for. Several of them shared their harrowing stories of escaping seconds after the fire erupted.

A mill employee talked to us about what he saw during the fire. Watch the video below:

Here is another interview with other employees:

Here are pictures that were sent to us from residents who saw the fire from various locations.


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  1. Mark says:

    I was working in Gateway area until 3:30, I caught Beltline at 3:40 to 3:50. After seeing a fire engine I looked in the mirror and saw a giant plume of black smoke behind me.

  2. Doug says:

    coming home from the University, south on Coburg – we could see a small plume of smoke at 3:50pm …

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