Significant Incidents

The Pendleton Fire and Ambulance Department responds to many events each year (see the Call Statistics page for details), but here’s a list of a few significant events from our history

1866 Hotel burns at Swift & Marshall station
1871 Pendleton’ s first newspaper is destroyed by fire.
1872 IOOF Hall burns
1886 Liberty Hall burns
1889 East Oregonian Building burned, $8000 damages.
1893 Villard Hotel at south Main and Court street burns
1894 Webfoot Saloon Burns
1897 Byers Flour Mill burns at SE Court and 4th, $200,000 in damages.
1899 Golden Rule Hotel burns
1920’s Meat packing house burns at 1800 Westgate.
1940’s Round Up grandstands burn one month before Round Up.
1943 Walter’s Flour Mill burns on NW Carden and 14th.
1947 Byers/Western Milling flour mill burns, entire block lost between SE Court and SE Dorian and between SE 4th and Se 5th.
1956 St. Joseph Academy burns near Saint Anthony Hospital
1958 Walter’s mill warehouse burns at NW Carden and 14th
1960 Stangier Building & Opera House burns at 100 block Se Court.
October 5, 1969 Ranch Club at 1114 SW Court burns
July 7, 1971 Arrow Chevrolet burns in the 300 block of SE Court Ave.
1971 PGG grain elevator and shop burns across from Pendleton flour mills.
September 1973 Hill meat burns at Sw 27th and Southgate
September 17, 1972 Allied Seed burns to the ground on Rieth road.
August 3, 1973 Horse barn burns at Round Up grounds
1980’s Holiday House Café burns across from Saint Anthony Hospital.
Mid 1990’s Bowling Alley
1999 Woolworth Building burns on Main Street
1999 Roesch building and Raphael’s burns on SE 3rd between Dorian and Court.
1999 Dust storm on I84 caused major pile up which killed many people.
February 11, 2006 Fatal explosion at General Aircraft
March 15, 2007 Eagles fire burns on SE Frazier from Main to SE 1st.
September 18, 2008 Grass fire started by a train near Birch Creek road and Umatilla River , heavy winds blew the fire to McKay Creek neighborhood.
July 2011 Dobbins-Hart chemical/hazmat fire at the airport
July 2012 Grass fire starts on the north side of Brentwood/South Hill Apartment and strong wind blows the fire south starting two 8 unit buildings on fire.
October 2012 Vandals burn the favorite Pioneer Park wooden castle playground.
December 2012 Tour Bus carrying 47 passengers rolls on top of cabbage hill