Fire Consumes Sand Dunes Frontier Building; NEDCO to Outline Affordable Housing; Humane Society Event

Photo Courtesy of Kelli Melton Dobson

Fire Consumes Sand Dunes Frontier Building

It will likely be some time before we know what caused a fire at Sand Dunes Frontier this morning.  At 5:12 a.m. Siuslaw valley Fire and rescue responded to a 911 call and arrived at the business that was engulfed in flames.  Nearby residents caught film of the fire and posted it on Facebook that depicted the rear building of Sand Dunes Frontier spewing flames.  It took about 2 hours to extinguish the flames and there were concerns over possible chemicals or fuels in the structures.  Mop up efforts continue at this hour and traffic along Highway 101 is clear at this time.  During the blaze, SVFR requested help from the Mapleton Fire department to cover station 1 while units battled the blaze.  There is no word on damage or loss at this time.  Lane County Sheriff’s department and Oregon state police are also on the scene.

NEDCO to Outline Affordable Housing

The city of Florence has backed efforts to supply affordable housing to the community.  Since the institution of HB 1051 in July the city has received several applications for affordable housing projects or Accessory Dwelling Units to be placed on existing residential properties.  The City has also partnered with the Neigborhood Economic Development Corporation to establish an affordable housing development at the site of the Old Senior Center at 1424 Airport Road.  There will be a special informational meeting on Tuesday September 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 at the Siuslaw Public Library Bromley Room for people interested in purchasing an affordable home or who would like to learn more about the development.

Humane Society Event

Saturday the Oregon Coast Humane Society will be holding an event in the Grocery Outlet parking lot.  The Fundraiser is for collecting pet food and supplies.  The event will take place from 11-2 on Saturday and there will be hot dogs and hamburgers for the public and an opportunity to meet the new team from the shelter.  The OCHS recently hired a new Shelter manager, Marina Lewis and a new Executive Director Bob Murray.  Murray is currently in a part-time position and travels from Albany.  Lewis has been involved in Shelter operations in both Texas and Colorado.