DEPOE BAY — The Depoe Bay Fire District and the Oregon State Fire Marshal served a notice last week to the Burlwood Gallery in Depoe Bay, ordering the business closed down and vacated due to “multiple hazardous conditions” and five years of repeated violations by the owner.
According to a press release issued by the Depoe Bay Fire District, the notice was served April 2 after a several-day investigation and inspection of the building warranted a closure.
The release cites questionable electrical provisions, construction and occupancy within the building that caused imminent life safety hazards to the occupants, first responders and the adjacent property/occupants as a result of continued and nonconforming, noncompliance of written fire code violations as the reason for the closure.
Burlwood Gallery is a burl wood furniture store owned by Keith Martin, who said that he’s been suffering from severe medical issues over the last four years and had been unable to keep the building maintained, as well other issues stemming from people he has let use it. Martin said he plans to have the building renovated and eventually reopened when possible.
The release stated that the Depoe Bay First District and fire marshal will monitor the site to ensure it remains closed until Martin can bring it into compliance.