WARRENTON, Ore. (AP) - Investigators say a June fire that raced through the Pacific Coast Seafood plant in Warrenton, Ore., was caused by roof maintenance work.
The Daily Astorian and KATU-TV report that the plant had installed several new vents in the roof and was having leaks repaired.
A statement from the Warrenton Fire Department says the vents were being sealed by means of a propane torch to apply a so-called "torch down" material around them. Fire investigators say that heating ignited the underside of the roof.
Pacific Seafood CEO Frank Dulcich said Thursday he's still awaiting a final damage estimate and insurance company report on the June 4 fire, but then plans to build "a new state-of-the-art facility."
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