Firefighters from several County Fire Districts are fighting a large commercial structure fire at the Washington Potato Company located in the 1900 block of West 1st Street in Warden.
Fire Command is “1st Street Command”.
–> LEVEL 1 NOW UPGRADED UP TO LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS <–
–> Issued for West County Road U, to South of 170 <—
–> LEAVE AREA NOW! <–
Due to several explosions on the interior of the commercial building and unknown damage, firefighters have pulled out and are currently trying to remove all equipment from the area.
Staging has been moved back to one-mile from the scene on SR 170 and 17.
More units are still incoming.
A PAR was completed and all members are accounted for.
An ALS unit was dispatched to the scene. It is unknown if there are any injuries.
Warden PD and County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to clear out all of the spectators who gathered to watch the show.
A 5500-gallon tank of ammonia was inside the building and feared would explode. Several occurred but it was unknown which tanks were being impacted.
Resources from Electric City, Warden, Ephrata, Ritzville and Grant County multiple Fire Districts were either on-scene and/or en route.
The last fire unit was backing out of the scene.
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