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FireWatch: Firefighters respond to flames at Jeld-Wen lumber yard outside Klamath Falls

A fire broke out at the Jeld-Wen campus just north of Klamath Falls on Wednesday.

Posted: Oct 14, 2021 2:44 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2021 3:29 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Flames gutted several large kilns on the Jeld-Wen campus north of Klamath Falls on Wednesday night, beginning a firefighter response that lasted into Thursday morning.

Crews responded just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday for reports of a structure fire at Jeld-Wen Manufacturing along Lakeport Boulevard in Klamath Falls. Klamath County Fire District 1 Chief Greg Davis said that firefighters arrived to find flames venting from the roof and eaves on two of the six large drying kilns on the property.

Each of the kilns were built to house 50 to 55,000 board feet of lumber, Davis said. Though the kilns were placed practically side by side, firefighters were able to keep the flames largely contained to the initial two buildings. Some of the other kilns received minor attic and roof damage in the process.

Firefighters remained on the scene until 11 a.m. Thursday morning, but managed to get the fire fully extinguished.

Davis said that damages to the Jeld-Wen complex likely amounted to more than $1 million, between the gutted kilns and the destroyed lumber inside. There were no reported injuries.

Jeld-Wen staff were cooperative and helpful throughout the response, Davis said — working to move the stacks of lumber away from the kilns so that firefighters could gain access.

KCFD1's Fire Marshal was still at the scene as of Thursday afternoon, working to determine the origin and cause of the fire. Davis said that he was aware Jeld-Wen had been working on some routine upkeep for the kilns recently, installing new piping, but he deferred to the Fire Marshal for confirmation on how the fire started.

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