YAKIMA, Wash. - The fire department is investigating the cause of a fire at the Hops Extract warehouse early Tuesday morning, the second fire at that site in less than one month.
Firefighters arrived at the 300 block of N. 2nd Ave. before 2:00 a.m. to heavy smoke and a fire inside the warehouse's ceiling.
A number of hazardous chemicals were exposed to the fire so a Haz Mat team was called on site.
The two fires are not believed to be connected, as they happened in separate buildings, and Tuesday's fire is not considered suspicious.
Battalion Chief Abel Castilleja was the incident commander for the fire. He says a quick response helped to keep the fire from becoming much worse.
"We got a good knock down on the fire," he said. "The first on scene crews did a good job, prevented a lot of damage."
While the department has yet to determine the cost of the fire, they do know equipment inside was damaged as well as the roof. The total value for the plant and equipment is $6.5 million.
One employee of the plant had smoke inhalation but refused treatment. There were no other injuries reported.
The Yakima Police Department as well as the Union Gap and West Valley Fire Departments assisted in the response to the fire.