WARRENTON — As the remnants of the former Pacific Coast Seafood plant in Warrenton continue to smolder, investigators say the fire was not suspicious in nature, leaving Pacific and its insurance company, Wells Fargo Insurance, to conduct an investigation of their own into what caused Tuesday’s blaze.
Pacific Seafood CEO Frank Dulcich said he hopes to have a cause determined before Monday.
He also said, in an exclusive interview with The Daily Astorian Thursday, workers will continue to receive pay and benefits, as he is hopeful a lease will be signed for a new temporary facility Friday, creating a place to work for the 142 employees by June 15.
The specific details as to where that facility will be located were not disclosed, but Dulcich said it is in the Astoria area and will be fully operational for Pacific Whiting and sardines by the start of the season.
“For our team members, we told them that through Friday, everybody would get paid, all benefits and everything,” he said. “But now we’ve made another determination because we believe we have got another location to move everyone to. That’s about 142 people we’ve identified in our team that we will continue to pay until we get up and running again.”
With a 48-hour goal, it only took 26 hours after the fire was under control for the Warrenton facility to re-establish its office, ice facility, and fuel dock to accommodate the vessels that will still be delivering in Warrenton.
• More details on this website later today and the full story in Friday's edition of The Daily Astorian