LEBANON, Ore. – Lebanon Fire responded to a fire on the old mill property after reports of heavy smoke were seen coming from a remaining building Monday.
Fire crews from Lebanon, Sweet Home and Albany stopped the blaze by cutting holes in the metal and attacking the fire directly with water streams.
The cause of the fire is under investigation but fire investigators believe it may have started as a warming fire set by transients.
According to Lebanon Fire Marshal Jason Bolen, there were signs of forced entry into the building.
Lebanon Police Department confirmed the building has been known to be a home to transients.
Lebanon’s new ladder truck was used in the aggressive attack to save the building from burning down.
The property has been remitted to Linn County due to unpaid taxes.
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