A three-alarm fire Thursday claimed a building on the property of Oregon Powder Coating, 32080 Old Highway 34 in Tangent.

The initial call regarding the incident came in around 4:14 p.m. as an oven fire. When Tangent crews first arrived, employees were trying to extinguish the flames; they were soon evacuated, evaluated by medics and released. Neighboring businesses were evacuated as well, said Albany Fire Department Public Information Officer Sandy Roberts. A third alarm was called an hour later, summoning aid from neighboring districts. 

More than 50 personnel from Corvallis, Halsey-Shedd, Lebanon, Philomath, Jefferson and Tangent were still on scene as of 7:30 p.m. Thursday, while the fire remained active, Roberts said. Linn-Benton Regional Hazardous Materials Team Five was also on hand because of the chemicals involved with the business. As a result, firefighters could not initially use water to douse flames.

Crews were working through the night to contain the blaze and keep it from spreading to another building.

Old Highway 34 was closed between Highway 99E and Columbus Street for a time during the incident.

No injuries were reported. The cause remains unknown.

No further information was available at press time.

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