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'Suspicious' Creswell mill fire one of the largest in recent history, officials say

The Creswell Forest Products mill suffered damage due to a fire, October 22, 2017. (Courtesy South Lane Fire Authority)

CRESWELL, Ore. -- Fire officials continue to investigate a fire at a Creswell mill that could cost as much as half a million dollars in damage.

The state fire marshal is now investigating.

Neighbors reported flames at the Creswell Forest Products facility on Butte Road around 7 p.m. Sunday.

Around 20 firefighters responded, but officials say all the lumber inside went up in flames.

Officials said there was also a fire on 8th in a barrel.

The estimated cost of damages so far is $200,000, which included a damaged forklift, a covered structure, pallets, miscellaneous lumber and offices.

It took firefighters between 45 minutes and an hour to knock down the blaze.

There were no injuries reported.

Officials say it was one of the larger fires they've seen in recent history in Creswell: “In my time, since the big Bald Knob fire and that was years ago,” said South Lane Fire District Captain Aaron Smith, referring to the Bald Knob veneer mill fire in 2008.

No one was in the mill at the time of the fire Sunday night.

South Lane Fire Authority says the investigation is continuing, with Lane County Sheriff's Office taking over. South Lane Division Chief Fire Marshal Danny Solesbee described it as a "suspicious investigation."

Lane County Sheriff's Office said the case is now in the hands of the state fire marshal.

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