Lighter may have sparked blaze behind Cotton Patch

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Firefighters responded to a engulfed structure fire behind Cotton Patch at 4475 River Road N. Sunday afternoon.

No one was injured in the two-alarm blaze, according to Rod Conway, deputy fire marshal with the Keizer Fire District.

KFD officials are working with officers from the Keizer Police Department, but Conway said a possible cause was found.

“It was possibly a child playing with a lighter,” Conway said.

Brian Butler, incident commander, said the fire Keizer firefighters arrived in less than four minutes after the initial 2:44 p.m. call.

“It took about 30 minutes to get it contained,” Butler said.

Conway noted there was heavy damage in the structure, which he said is used by Copper Creek Mercantile for excess storage. Copper Creek’s store is next to Cotton Patch.

“I would say the damage will be at least $100,000,” Conway said. “Hay, straw and feed were all on fire. The back half of the structure was fully engulfed.”

Conway said there was no structural damage to the Cotton Patch portion of the building, but there is bad news associated with that.

“There’s no damage inside Cotton Patch, but there will be smoke damage inside, like we saw with the Men’s Wearhouse fire (in April).”

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