All evacuations lifted as crews knock down large fire at Washington Potato Company in Warden

WARDEN, Wash. — People living near the Washington Potato Company in Warden can return to their homes, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said early Friday morning. According to the sheriff’s office, the fire is under control.

Firefighters believe the risk of explosion has passed and that the ammonia has vented. Crews used ladder trucks with to apply water to the fire, which expected to burn Thursday night into Friday morning.

Residents who are in need of emergency sheltering should call 509-385-3311.The Red Cross can also provide assistance to those displaced by the fire.

No injuries were reported.

The fire was first reported in the factory dehydrator around 5:30 p.m. The sheriff’s office says the building was immediately evacuated. Crews battling the flames as they approached an ammonia tank. Level 3 evacuations were in place for people living west of Road U-SE and south of State Route 170.

Video posted from the Grant Co. Sheriff’s Office shows firefighters attempting to gain control of the flames.