Industrial fire

Fire destroyed a large piece of equipment Thursday afternoon at Bell Lumber & Pole in Lebanon.

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A fire destroyed a large piece of equipment Thursday afternoon at Bell Lumber & Pole, located at 275 Industrial Way in Lebanon.

Lebanon firefighters received the call at around 4:20 p.m. According to a report, three engines and a water tender, plus three chief officers, responded to the scene and despite a temperature of 102 degrees, had the fire under control in about an hour. A Rick Franklin Corp. excavator was used to remove a section of bark dust to ensure that the fire would not extend to further equipment. 

The barker cab and mechanics were heavily damaged in the blaze, which remains under investigation. 

No Bell employees or firefighters were injured in the incident.  

Bell leases its property from Rick Franklin Corp. and is located near the rear of the compound on Industrial Way. The Minnesota-based company manufactures utility poles and ships them by rail across the country.

Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Lebanon Fire District Deputy Fire Marshal Ken Foster at 541-451-1901.

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