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Pacific Seafood Makes Fast Recovery from Warrenton Fire


The Pacific Seafood plant in Northwest Oregon was destroyed by fire late last month. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn, courtesy of the US Coast Guard.

The fishing port of Warrenton, Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia River lost the major buyer and biggest employer in the town when Pacific Seafood was destroyed by fire on June 4. Fortunately, there were no injuries among the 80 employees at work or 55 firefighting personnel who tackled the blaze. Only a long and strenuous effort prevented the fire from spreading to the crowded parking lot, the Hampton Lumber mill, or nearby waterfront apartments.

The alarm was raised at 10:31 am when the 58-foot crabber Kathie H was returning to port from a haul-out at the Port of Astoria. Apparently, the...

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