PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Residents were told they could return home on Tuesday evening hours after a fire started burning at Organic Valley Creamery in McMinnville.
Earlier in the day, the McMinnville Fire Department asked residents within 1/4 a mile of the creamery to evacuate. The creamery is located at 700 NE Hwy 99W. McMinnville police said the evacuations were due to ammonia inside the facility.
Elementary schools in the area were let out on time, but secondary schools cancelled the final period. All after school activities and athletics were cancelled.
Officers said firefighting crews would remain at the scene throughout the night. The cause of the fire has not yet been announced.
Organic Valley Creamery shared the following statement:
Early this afternoon, a fire broke out at our facility in McMinnville, Oregon. CROPP Cooperative employees have been evacuated and, at this time, there are no reported injuries. Our main concerns are for our employees, the first responders, and for the community.
“We are working to support all of our employees, the first responders, their families, and the community of McMinnville,” said Bob Kirchoff, Organic Valley CEO. “Everyone at our cooperative is ready to help. We are thankful that there are no reported injuries, and we are working to ensure the safety of our employees and the surrounding community.”
The extent of damage to the landmark creamery is unknown at this time. A thorough investigation of the incident will be conducted, and we will not speculate on the origin of the fire. We are thankful for the actions of local emergency personnel, and we are complying fully with local authorities.