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Monroe, Washington – Fire at Condemned Warehouse

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Posted on July 8, 2019

Monroe, Washington (July 7, 2019) – Firefighters were called to the intersection of Fryelands Boulevard and State Route 2 after a fire was reported to have broken out in a condemned warehouse on early Sunday morning. Fortunately, the fire was contained at the site before it could spread to nearby buildings. The warehouse itself, however, was destroyed in the fire. No injuries were reported in the incident.

The fire was first reported by a passer-by who noticed fire coming from the roof of a commercial building around 12:56 a.m. Responding to the incident was the Monroe Fire Department’s District 7, with assistance from additional crews from  the Lake Stevens Fire Department, Everett Fire Department and Snohomish Fire District 4. Upon arrival firefighters went for a defensive attack, battling the flames from the outside. The fire was extinguished after almost 2 hours of efforts from the fire crews. The caused Fryelands Boulevard to beclosed from State Route 2 to Tye Street.

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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