The industrial fire Sunday morning at Premier RV Services in Junction City, Ore., that caused an estimated $8 million in damages has been ruled accidental, according to Junction City Fire and Rescue.
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But the fire could have been brought under control sooner, according to fire spokeswoman Crystal Riley, who said firefighters were delayed more than an hour as they waited for the power company to turn off electricity to the building at 325 E. First Ave.
The fire was reported at 2:41 a.m.
A firefighter “detected a mild sensation of electricity” soon after crews began extinguishing the flames, and all crews had to move to defensive mode “out of an abundance of caution,” Riley said.
It took about 7 and a half hours for crews from Junction City and neighboring agencies to get the fire under control, Riley said.
The fire caused $2 million in damage to the building and $6 million to its contents, Junction City Fire and Rescue said.