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Personnel from the Albany Fire Department and other mid-valley agencies responded to a multiple-alarm fire Saturday evening at the Wah Chang research and development building on Front Avenue near Talking Water Gardens.

Multiple mid-valley agencies battled a fire Saturday evening in a building on the Wah Change Research Center property on Front Avenue in Albany.

As of late Saturday evening, personnel had yet to enter the structure to confirm that the fire was out or to determine its cause. They were waiting for the Linn County Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team to complete its evaluation, testing smoke from the fire and runoff from the water used to combat the blaze.

"We're currently not making entry due to some of the chemicals inside," Albany Fire Department Public Information Officer Sandy Roberts said. She added, however, that the situation was stable and there was no danger to the public.

Roberts said no one was in the building, and no injuries were reported.

The call on the blaze came in around 6:45 p.m. as a structure fire "called in" by an automated alarm. Roberts said crews arrived within five minutes. A total of five engines and one ladder truck responded, as well as two regional hazmat and two medic vehicles on standby.

Corvallis, Lebanon and Jefferson fire personnel assisted at the scene, with Tangent providing coverage while Albany crews fought the fire.


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