Massive Fire Destroys WA Apple Plant

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 01:03 PM gHale


A fire destroyed a Wenatchee, WA, apple packing plant.

A fire destroyed a Wenatchee, WA, apple packing plant late Friday and into Saturday, but firefighters were able to save a nearby cold storage building.

Flames shot out from all four sides of the 200-foot long, two-story building when firefighters arrived just after 8:30 p.m., said Chelan County Fire District 1 spokesman Rick Isaacson.

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The roof of the Phillippi Fruit Co. building collapsed within an hour, Isaacson said.

Firefighters suspect the fire had been burning for some time before a passer-by noticed smoke and alerted authorities.

About 50 firefighters and 15 vehicles including three ladder trucks fought the flames, but the building is a total loss.

Firefighters remained at the scene Saturday awaiting excavators to put out smoldering areas.

There were no injuries in the blaze and firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire, Isaacson said.



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