ENTERPRISE, Ore. (AP) — A building that housed a popular visitors center and forest ranger headquarters near the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon was getting a coat of stain before it burned.
The La Grande Observer reports that the workers went on a lunch break Sunday and didn't know about the fire until they got a call.
The building's owner told the paper the workers had pulled the refinishing material away from the building after the wind began to pick up and they had to give up using a sprayer.
Investigators have not yet determined the fire's cause.
The U.S. Forest Service is reopening a visitors center in a Chamber of Commerce building across Oregon Highway 82 from the burned structure near Enterprise.
Information from: The (La Grande) Observer, http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/
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