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WINCHESTER BAY — Emergency personnel rushed to the scene of a business fire Tuesday evening shortly after 5 p.m. 

According to reports from Winchester Bay resident Kelly Morse, firefighters from the Winchester Bay Rural Fire Protection District and Reedsport rushed to the scene.

The World could not reach Winchester Bay Fire Department staff by deadline for details. 

"I was actually sitting in my dining room," Morse said. "I was talking with a friend and I asked do you have a fire going on in your backyard and she said, 'No.' And then I said, 'Are you sure?'"

"And then it got bigger," Morse said in a phone interview. 

Speaking at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, Morse said this of the traffic on U.S. Highway 101 as emergency personnel were apparently continuing to still battle the blaze. 

"So southbound traffic — they're only letting a few vehicles (go) at a time. Same with northbound. They're detouring them through Winchester Bay not 101. Northbound traffic is still backed up. They're only letting three or four cars up at a time." 

The Umpqua Post Editor Shelby Case can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 296 or


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