WOLF CREEK, Ore. -- Multiple fire departments responded to the scene of a structure fire at the 76 gas station in Wolf Creek, arriving to find the market building in flames.
The exact cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but fire officials said that Oregon State Police was heading out to conduct interviews for an investigation.
A 911 call came in early Wednesday morning when someone heard an alarm go off. When Rural Metro Fire arrived, the building was about three-fourths of the way involved in flames.
Firefighters said that they knew it was a total loss when they got to the scene. Their main concern was keeping flames away from the nearby gas pumps. After the initial response, officials said that they were not worried about the flames spreading from the building.
Mere yards away from the 76 station sits the fire house of the Wolf Creek Rural Fire Protection District, but there were no volunteer firefighters from the district on hand to fight the fire when it broke out Wednesday morning. According to Austin Prince with Rural Metro Fire, the chief and all of Wolf Creek's firefighters resigned last week for reasons that remain unclear.
The lack of a local response at least partially accounted for the response from multiple fire departments as far away as Medford, Jacksonville, and Ashland.
Prince said that the Wolf Creek Rural Fire Protection District board planned to convene an emergency meeting Wednesday night in order to address the issue.
The same gas station that burned down on Wednesday previously caught fire in February of 2020. NewsWatch 12 spoke to the owner of the store who was at the scene, and she said that they had been ready to move forward with plans to renovate the building when this fire happened.