March 3, 2018 — Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue (SVFR) responded Thursday evening, at approximately 6 p.m., to a building fire at 1073 Highway 101. Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy smoke coming from the unoccupied business, most recently known as La Bu La Restaurant, and the building soon became completely engulfed.
(Photographs by Jared Anderson/Siuslaw News)
The fire at the structure was determined to be a potential safety hazard due to a large HVAC unit on the roof of the building and the nature of the blaze. It was determined that, due to the uncertain nature of the structural integrity of the building, a defensive posture would be the most effective and safest approach to containing the blaze which quickly spread throughout the building.
“There were seven pieces of equipment from SVFR on site, along with two from Gardiner and one from Reedsport,” said Chief Director Jim Langborg, who explained that firefighters from Mapleton and the Lane Fire Authority assisted with back-up at the scene.
“Due to safety concerns related to the large HVAC unit on the roof and concern for safeguarding the surrounding structures that might have been at risk, we decided a strategy of containment was best,” Langborg said. “We set up a perimeter and made sure the blaze was brought under control.”
As of Friday afternoon, the specifics regarding the cause of the blaze of the blaze are still undetermined, with the state fire marshal on scene as part of the active and ongoing investigation into this fire.
“We have not released the property to the owner at this time and we are probably going to remain on scene and keep the site under control for the next couple of days to monitor while the incident is being investigated,” Langborg said Friday morning.
The structure was gutted by the fire, while parts of the exterior walls remain standing. Langborg warns passers-by that the scene is unsafe at this time and no one should be approaching the site.
“We will have the location cordoned off and ask everyone to stay away from the area due to the potential danger still posed by the fire — and the fact that the scene is still under investigation,” said Langborg.
He also mentioned the State Fire Marshal has requested the assistance of the Oregon State Police’s fire investigation team in the effort to determine the cause of the blaze.
Any person with information related to the fire is asked to contact SVFR at 541-997-3212.