MADRAS, Ore. (KTVZ) — A fire broke out in a building under construction on a very hot Thursday afternoon in a commercial area of southwest Madras and sent fierce, tall flames and black smoke clouds high into the sky.
The fire was reported around 2:40 p.m. at a commercial building near the corner of Highway 361 and Southwest Madison Street, officials said. Viewer video showed flames and smoke roaring from the two-story, partially finished structure.
Jefferson County Fire & EMS Chief Jeff Blake said the partially build structure did not have protection or prevention elements installed yet.
The cause of the fire was under investigation
Redmond Fire crews were quickly called to assist Jefferson County Fire and EMS, and Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch also reported sending two crews for mutual aid.
Early on, the flames threatened to spread over a nearby hill and threaten more structures as firefighters worked in defensive mode and took frequent hydration breaks amid temperatures reportedly hitting 109 degrees in the area.
NewsChannel 21’s Carly Keenan was heading to Madras for live reports during our evening newscasts.
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