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December 29, 2010 8:07 pm

Treasure Valley suffers big fire, but open for business next day

Written by Don Amend

(Editor's note: As a re-cap of 2010, the Powell Tribune highted some of the top stories of the year.)

The Memorial Day holiday was disrupted in Powell when fire broke out at Treasure Valley Seed late that Sunday evening.

Powell firemen, assisted by equipment and personnel from Cody, battled the stubborn blaze all night, and revisited the scene on Monday as small blazes reappeared among smoldering piles of beans.



The fire, reminiscent of a similar fire in the 1960s, destroyed three buildings and much of Treasure Valley’s equipment, but the company opened for business on Tuesday morning, and company officials promised that they were fully set up for the growing season and would be ready for the harvest.

The cleanup of the site was delayed a few weeks, however, by the investigation into the fire’s cause, resulting in an unpleasant odor in Powell at times, but when harvest time came, Treasure Valley was ready as promised.

The results of the investigation, which involved a number of insurance companies, have not been released. Lonnie Larson, a Huntley, Mont. private investigator who conducted the investigation, said last week that investigators “have a good idea” of the cause, but he is unable to comment about it because of “potential litigation among the insurance companies.”

Larson emphasized that Treasure Valley is not a subject of the litigation.

“The insured (Treasure Valley) is the victim,” Larson said.

In recent weeks, though, new structures have been erected at Treasure Valley and the company, which continues to operate, employs 25 to 30 people.

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