Fire Destroys Whitsell Manufacturing Plant

May 29, 2018

A massive fire destroyed the Whitsell wood products manufacturing plant in the community of Saginaw, north of Cottage Grove.

Ruins smoldering at Whitsell Plant.
Credit Cottage Grove Sentinel

The fire was reported at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday and engulfed the mill within 30 minutes.

Lane Fire Authority Chief Terry Ney says flames could be seen from a half-mile away. Billowing plumes of smoke rose into the evening sky and could be seen from Eugene, 20 miles to the north.

No injuries were reported.

After destroying the 169,000-square-foot mill building, the fire spread to stacks of finished lumber products on the site.

Ney says the ruins are expected to continue smoldering for several days.