The fire that broke out in the historic main building at Sand Dunes Frontier early this morning has been put out, but fire crews are expected to be on scene for most of the day as clean-up and overhaul of the interior continues.
The cause of the fire, which appeared to begin in the back section of the main building has yet to be determined. The initial call went out just after 5 a.m. with reports of a fully involved structure fire at 83690 Highway 101. Flames had already engulfed the back section of the building when fire crews arrived, including two pumpers, both water tenders, medical personnel from Western Lane Ambulance and dozens of firefighters. Mutual aid was requested from fire departments in both Reedsport and the Mapleton and Swisshome/Deadwood area for coverage in Florence while crews from Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue worked the fire.
Knockdown and containment of the blaze was achieved shortly after 6 a.m. While most of the main structure remains, the interior reached temperatures in excess of 500 degrees, causing windows to shatter and damaging much of what was inside.
An investigation as to the cause of the fire will take place most of the day and will include both local investigators as well as a request for assistance from the State Fire Marshal.
People traveling through the area should do so with caution as emergency response vehicles and crews are expected to remain in the area most of the day.
Look for a full story in tomorrow's edition of the Siuslaw News.