BLUE RIVER, Ore. - A fire at Holiday Farm Resort destroyed the restaurant and bar, putting 15 people out of work.
The fire was reported at 2:45 a.m. on Monday, April 2, 2012, by a man who lives across the street from the resort.
David Wood lives across the street at a nearby RV park. Wood said a sound like "trees cracking" woke him up. "I drove over and there were flames coming out of the top of the building," he said.
Wood then ran home to grab his phone and call 911. "By the time they all got here, it was fully engulfed," said Wood.
Wood nabbed photos of flames burning through the roof toward the night sky.
Fire chief Norm Michaels reported seeing the flames flickering in the sky as he reported to the scene. "There was fire probably 20 to 30 feet out of the roof of the building," said Michaels.
No one was injured in the fire.
Brenda Anderson is the manager of the resort. After the owners called her to tell her what was happening, she went there immediately. "The actual building was still here. It was engulfed in flames. The biggest fire I'd ever seen. The whole structure was still there but within 10 minutes it just collapsed."
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Firefighters had to drive water to the fire in tanker trucks.
Agencies from Springfield and up the McKenzie River responded to help fight the fire.
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