Fire destroys grange hall in Ore. ghost town



BEND, Ore. (AP) — A fast-moving fire destroyed a historic grange hall in the central Oregon ghost town of Ashwood.

Longtime resident Luella Friend told ( that a fire had been set in the woodstove before a potluck breakfast on Sunday and the blaze likely started there. Everyone got out safely, and the 91-year-old woman says her husband and others were able to save a piano and several irreplaceable items.

The Ash Butte Grange Hall was chartered in 1932.

Friend says she hopes the grange is rebuilt because that’s where people in the community 30 miles northeast of Madras hold their weddings, funerals and birthday parties.


Information from: KTVZ-TV,