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.

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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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