Update posted at 1 p.m. October 23

Investigators said all 8 of the employees escaped the burning building safely. The cause of the blaze at the 7,000 square-foot plant is now under investigation.

Previous Pilot coverage posted at 10:25 a.m. October 23

A major structure fire erupted on Overlook Road, off of Winchuck River Road, with a huge plume of smoke visible from U.S. Highway 101 shortly after 10 a.m. Harbor, Cape Ferrelo, Brookings, Crescent City and Smith River fire departments were called out.

Firefighters requested an ETA on water tenders since there are no fire hydrants. All available units were subsequently requested.

A loud explosion was heard after the fire became visible. Reports have come in that it is Pac-Nor Barreling, Inc., manufacturers of precision rifle barrels. Everyone is safe according to the Del Norte Curry County Scanner Feed. 

Flames have fully engulfed the structure with major damage. A specialized forest crew is on the scene. 

Follow this developing story here at currypilot.com

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