KAST News received the following update on the Pacific Coast Seafood fire from company CEO Frank Dulcich:
"The events over the past three days have reaffirmed why Pacific Seafood is committed to being a significant part of this community. Since the fire broke out on Tuesday morning, we've been overwhelmed and heartened by the generous outpouring of support from our neighbors, friends, colleagues and local leaders. There have been literally hundreds of people who have shown their support
, but I'd like to name a few who've played a critical role in helping us cope with this tragedy and begin looking to the future: Warrenton Mayor Mark Kujala, Warrenton City Manager Kurt Fritsch, Warrenton Fire Chief Tim Deemers and all first responders, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, State Sen. Betsy Johnson, State Representative Deborah Boone, Port of Astoria CEO Hank Bynaker, and former Warrenton Mayor Jeff Hazen. We'd also like to note our friends and neighbors at Hampton Lumber, Mike Moore and Jim Bennett, who jumped into action with additional fire hoses. Without their help, the damage to our facilities and our team members' cars and property would have been much greater. On behalf of the entire Pacific Seafood family, I thank everyone who stepped up in ways big and small. In October, we'll mark our 30-year anniversary in this community. In that time, generations of families have grown up and worked in our facility, and we are determined to keep that same tradition for 30 more years and beyond." Frank Dulcich, CEO, Pacific Seafood
· Within 26 hours of the fire getting under control, The Warrenton facility had reestablished its office, ice facility, and fuel dock to accommodate the vessels that will still be delivering in Warrenton.
· Through great teamwork and with the support of our fisherman, Pacific's other facilities are handling the rest of the catch. There will be no disruption of the supply of seafood in the market.
· The company is continuing to provide full pay and benefits to team members. Those team members will be given assignments to help with the cleanup and other preparations for continued seafood processing in the area.
· Pacific Seafood will lease a temporary facility in Astoria to continue processing. The temporary facility is expected to be up and running on June 15.
· ATF has left the site, and there is no criminal investigation.
· The investigation into the cause continues.
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