Fire does $200,000 in damage to Custom Meats

Fire does $200,000 in damage to Custom Meats

EUGENE, Ore. - A fire in the smokehouse at Custom Meats did damage estimated at $200,000 to the building Thursday.

There were no reported injuries. Employees evacuated the building as firefighters attacked the flames.

The fire started in the smoker while employees were making jerky.

They tried to put it out but the fire went to roof.

A butcher at the scene told a reporter he's been in business for 30 years and the first thought through his mind wasn't getting out safely, it was "there goes my job."

Firefighters said the business would be displaced for an unknown amount of time by the fire and smoke damage.

Crews got the fire under control shortly after 11 a.m. but expected to remain on the scene mopping up.

Firefighting activity blocked 7th Place east of McKinley Street.

The fire extended to the roof. Firefighters had to tear into the roof to gain access to the fire in the attic and roof area.

Investigators are looking into what caused the fire.

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