Fire Engulfs Oregon Flour Mill Amid Supply Chain Crisis

A flour mill that would have produced grain to feed Americans was destroyed in a mysterious fire last week.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Fire officials in Pendleton, Oregon responded to a fire at the Grain Craft flour mill in the early hours of the morning last Wednesday.
  • Crews were first sent to the site around 3 p.m. Tuesday, and while they were able to control the blaze at the time, the fire reignited in dry grain overnight, destroying the entire structure.
  • “Although the building is a total loss, this will be an ongoing emergent situation due to the amount of grain that is slow burning,” the Pendleton Police Department said.
THE EAST OREGONIAN ON THE IMPACT OF THE FLOUR MILL DESTROYED IN THE FIRE:

“The mills became known for its highly successful Power and Mondako brands, plus its dedication to providing personalized customer service and superior products,” the newspaper said.

BACKGROUND:
  • This blaze comes amid a string of fires in food processing facilities across the U.S. in the last year, as food prices soar and supply chains are stressed to their limits.
  • Grain Craft is the third-largest flour mill in the country and was a historical structure in the city, according to The Western Journal.
  • It remains to be seen what the direct impact will be as the nation continues to face soaring food prices and trouble with supply chain operations.