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Bothell, Washington – Fire Damages Warehouse at 180th Street Southeast

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Posted on September 13, 2019

Bothell, Washington (September 12, 2019) – A fire broke out in a warehouse on the 1821 block of 180th Street Southeast on early Thursday morning. Fortunately no injuries were reported in the incident, but the building itself was damaged by smoke and fire. The warehouse was identified to belong to the Ness & Campbell crane business.

According to the report, an office worker noticed the fire and called 911. The Snohomish County Fire Dist. No. 7 responded to the incident. Crews had to let out the smoke by cutting a hole in the door before they were able to start dousing the flames. Firefighters were said to be mopping up the blaze by daybreak. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

About Warehouse Fires

According to the NFPA, the U.S. Fire Departments respond to an average of 1,210 fires in warehouse properties, which represents less than 1% of all structure fires. While it is a small figure compared to other types of structural fires, the damage can still amount up to a huge sum. The annual average damage from warehouse fires are $155 million in direct property damage, three civilian deaths, and nineteen civilian injuries. For the causes of warehouse fires, intentionally set fires and fires caused by electrical distribution and lighting equipment are the leading causes, each accounting for 18% in the total number of fires. Flammable contents like chemicals, combustible liquids and gases, piping and filter ignite the fire in 6%of the cases, which is a smaller number but accounts for 31% of civilian injuries and 12% of property damage. Aside from these causes, warehouse and factory fires can also stem from the presence of combustible dust, hot work (metalworking such as welding, soldering, etc.) and equipment and machinery. The amount of possible hazards and the nature of work in industrial settings means that workplace and fire safety conditions should always be checked.

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