Sawdust fire in hopper erupts, no injuries reported

A saw dust fire erupted, but was quickly extinguished without any injuries.

Photo By Eugene Springfield Fire Department

EUGENE, Ore. -- A sawdust fire in a hopper at an Oregon-based millwork erupted on June 10, and was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. 

According to the Eugene Springfield Fire Department, at approximately 10:30 a.m. June 10, the department was called to Architectural Millwork, a millwork company at 2125 Cross St in West Eugene. Workers noticed smoke coming from a hopper filled with sawdust. 

"Generally," the department reported, "this means the hopper needs to be evacuated to extinguish the embers, which requires opening the hopper causing a small dust explosion. Crews from Whitaker and West Eugene stations arrived 4 minutes after the call, developed a plan, positioned hose lines to protect exposures, wore protective equipment and breathing apparatus while the hopper was emptied. The fire was extinguished, no injuries were reported, and fire marshals are on the scene to investigate."

Woodworking Network has reached out to the company for comment.


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