Evergreen International Aviation fire burns museum items estimated worth millions, no one injured

By on Jul 30, 2011 in United States Comments

A fire broke out at the Evergreen International Aviation in McMinnville, Oregon on Thursday, July 28, 2011 and reportedly burned items worth millions but no one was injured.

Evergreen International Aviation fire
Image Credit: McMinnville Fire Department

According to US news sites on Friday, the Evergreen International Aviation fire was reported to McMinnville Fire Department on Thursday at around 7:41 p.m (Oregon time).

McMinnville firefighters told reports that the 600-foot by 100-foot storage facility had helicopter parts, plane parts and other aircraft items for museum display, estimated to be worth $20 million.

A witness named Kevin Guinn was said to have noticed the huge smoke from the fire, which is now under thorough investigation by the Yamhill County Fire Investigation Team.

As noted on reports, the Evergreen Aviation operates an airport and a museum, where the Spruce Goose plane is being kept, the largest war plane ever constructed and was flown only once during World War II.

On the other hand, Evergreen properties Vice President Gary Arnold was quoted at OregonLive.com, saying that the earlier estimated worth of properties destroyed by the fire is not realistic.

Mr. Arnold said that it could be lesser than $20 million, and noted that the storage area only contained outdated parts, old furniture and hulks of helicopter fuselages.

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