WINCHESTER BAY — For now at least, a fire that gutted Oregon Coast Powersports has been determined to have caused by an accident.
In an earlier interview with Winchester Bay Assistant Fire Chief Terry Flury, he said it looks as though this is the case.
In one of the worst structure fires in about a decade, firefighters from Winchester Bay, Reedsport, Gardiner, Lakeside and a fire district in Florence rushed to the scene Feb. 27.
No one was injured or killed in the blaze, Flury said.
Couple Roni and Jeff Schrick owned the business.
Using a GoFundMe page, residents, friends and others have raised at least $15,766 out of a $50,000 to get the couple back on their feet.
Richard Hoover works as the public information officer for the Oregon Office of of State Marshal out of Salem.
"I was just informed that our office was not involved in the investigation of the fire we spoke about on the phone this morning, so I do not have any details on this," Hoover wrote in an email.
According to Reedsport Fire Chief Tom Anderson, dispatchers received the call between 4:30 and 5. Traffic was tied up for hours as law enforcement and Oregon Department of Transportation personnel steered traffic from Highway 101 through Winchester Bay and back up Highway 101.
In recent days, Winchester Bay residents and others have done their best to raise money for the couple who ran the ATV shop. This was through a GoFundMe page.