Oregon hemp plant fire burns 5 employees, prompts town to evacuate

A small town in central Oregon was evacuated and five people were hurt due to a hemp manufacturing plant fire Sunday.

The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office said five employees were burned in the blaze, including one who suffered significant burns, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

The evacuation order for Grass Valley’s 150 residents was lifted around 11:30 a.m. Monday. Residents were evacuated to the town of Moro because the chemicals stored in the plant posed a risk for a larger explosion, according to the sheriff’s office.

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A hemp manufacturing plant fire prompted residents of Grass Valley, Oregon, to evacuate.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter at a high school. Flames engulfed the building for several hours and the sheriff’s office reported multiple explosions. A photo of a large mushroom cloud coming from the facility Sunday night was posted by the sheriff’s office.

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Crews from the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Department of Environmental Quality are investigating the cause of the blaze.

Grass Valley is about 125 miles east of Portland.