Out-of-control fire sets off propane tanks, closes Ferry Street Bridge

A small campfire set off 15 propane tanks located at the camp.

Posted: Apr 7, 2021 4:33 AM
Updated: Apr 7, 2021 5:22 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- A fire at a homeless camp on Club Road under the Ferry Street Bridge set off propane tanks early Wednesday morning, closing the bridge for a short time.

According to Eugene Police, officers responded to calls about a large fire under the bridge at 3:41 a.m. Upon arrival, officers found the fire and saw several explosions. People were running from the fire and into the street. 

According to Eugene-Springfield Fire, a campfire that was too close to the camper's property set off 15 propane tanks located at the camp. Witnesses reported seeing heavy black smoke billowing out from under the bridge and hearing loud popping sounds.

Officials closed Ferry Street Bridge for just under a half-hour due to heavy smoke causing hazardous visibility on road above and flames going up the sides of the bridge. 

Police say the camp was completely destroyed. The fire did not result in any fatalities. 

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