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Video: Wash FFs battle 2-alarm fire in abandoned cold storage warehouse

The Puyallup structure burned in a three-alarm fire almost two years ago to the date

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By Jack Glenn
The News Tribune

PUYALLUP, Wash. — A two-alarm, commercial building fire is burning near the old cold storage facility in Puyallup Tuesday morning. Several roads are closed and all train service through Puyallup is stopped until further notice.

Multiple roads, including 15th Street Southeast between East Main and East Pioneer and East Pioneer between state Route 512 and 21st Street Southeast, are closed until further notice, Puyallup police said.

“We’re not sure how it started,” said Logan Kovash, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue battalion chief. The 30-40,000 square-foot building is vacant.

“We are unsure how long this has been vacant for,” Kovash said. “It was a fish, meat smoking shop.”

Crews arrived to find fire through the roof, Kovash said. They set up vehicles around the fire, as it was too dangerous to go in.

“As it stands now, we are knocking out hot spots,” Kovash said.

All train service through the city will be closed for more than five hours, incident command said at the scene. This closure is subject to change, but it’s the best current estimate, Puyallup police said.

“The building is close to the rails, so we are worried about it collapsing out,” Kovash said. “Essentially, falling on the railroad tracks.”

Almost two years ago to the date, Aug. 21, 2021, a three-alarm commercial fire broke out nearby at the cold storage facility, the City of Puyallup website says.

“The facility contained 1,000 lbs. of anhydrous ammonia refrigerant which made the task of extinguishing the fire more difficult, dangerous and dynamic,” according to the City of Puyallup website.

There is no current ammonia threat with this fire, police say.

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