WAPATO, Wa - A fire in Wapato destroys a fruit warehouse. Firefighters estimate damages to be into the millions.
The fire happened at a warehouse owned by Yakima Fruit and Cold Storage on 200 North Frontage Road.
Firefighters received a call from an employee just before seven this morning. Within in minutes the entire warehouse was on fire. The roof collapsed after about 20-minutes. Smoke could be seen for miles. State patrol had to close down three lanes on highway 97 from 7-30 to 10-30 this morning.
Firefighters say fruit warehouses like this can be a big fire hazard because they use ammonia to keep them cool.
"Obviously, talking large structures, talking about a lot of heat. You know we had a lot of ammonia issues earlier that got isolated," says Kevin Frazier, Deputy Fire Chief of Yakima Fire District #5.
Frazier says Yakima Fruit and Cold Storage was able to shut off the lines running ammonia into that warehouse which helped to minimize the fire.