On December 7, 2018 at 8:47 PM Firefighters from the St Paul Fire District were dispatched to a barn fire at the Hazenberg Dairy, 5828 Champoeg Rd NE, near St. Paul, Oregon. Upon arrival, the first engine crew found the 130’ X 50” barn fully engulfed in flames. Assistance was requested from neighboring Fire Districts. Crews from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (Newberg), Aurora, Dundee and Woodburn Fire Departments responded.
The fire burned very hot and the roof collapsed within minutes of the first engine arriving. The barn, constructed of wood and metal could not withstand the intensity of the fire. The fire was fueled by stockpiles of Canola and Straw, which the dairy uses in it’s farming operation. The barn is a total loss. It is estimated that more than $150,000.00 worth of farm materials (Canola and Straw) was destroyed due to the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Crews battled this fire for more than 4 hours. There was a total of at least 45 Firefighters on scene, no one was injured. In all 9 tenders supplied water for the suppression efforts and it is estimated at least 88,000 gallons of water was used to extinguish the flames. 18 pieces of fire apparatus were used for the Firefighting efforts including 4 engines, 1 rescue, 1 medic, 1 air unit, and 2 command vehicles.
The St. Paul Fire District would like to thank the efforts of the farm staff and neighbors for assisting during this event. The St. Paul Fire District is comprised of community volunteers, and part time paramedics. The St. Paul Fire District provides around the clock Fire Protection/Response, Rescue, and a 24/7 Advanced Life Support Ambulance service for the community of St. Paul which includes 38 square miles of North Marion County which it proudly serves.