CARLTON, Ore. - A large fire tore through Scott Paul Wines in Carlton Sunday night, but the damage did not extend to the barrels of wine aging on the other end of the building.
"We dodged a bullet here," said Scott Wright, the winery's co-founder.
The fire started on one end of the winery, and when Carlton firefighters arrived they found heavy fire in the fermentation room. That room is only used in the fall, shortly after harvest. The fire damaged an interior wall but didn't breach it, and firefighters contained the fire to a section of the building.
The barrel room is at the other end of the building and the heat and smoke did not reach it.
Crews called for more resources with a second alarm.
The fire was big enough that crews from Yamhill, McMinnville, Dayton, Lafayette and Gaston were called in to help, along with about 30 volunteer firefighters. All together, their effort likely saved Scott Paul Winery's 2013 vintage.
One firefighter was slightly hurt but will be OK.
Fire investigators think it's likely an electrical problem started the fire. They've ruled out the possibility of arson. The building did not have a sprinkler system.
The fire caused an estimated $300,000 to $400,000 in damage.