Four-alarm fire threatens homes, horses

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At 12:20 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, Marion County Fire District No. 1 firefighters responded to a reported truck fire at 8725 River Rd NE.

While responding, 911 dispatchers received information that the fire was spreading from the truck to an adjacent standing hay field.  Shortly after the first units arrived on scene, winds and dry conditions pushed the fire towards multiple homes, barns and a stable with 10 horses.

Four alarms were called. Respondents included 32 fire units along with 73 firefighters and command personnel.  In all, it took firefighters nearly two hours to bring the 12-acre blaze under control, protecting all the structures and horses from the fire.

Marion County Fire District received assistance from St. Paul Fire, Woodburn Fire, Keizer Fire, Salem Fire, and Turner fire districts.

Cause of the fire is believed to be a brake fire on the involved truck.

No injuries were reported.

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