Camas-Washougal Fire Department responds to hydrogen tank fire

Camas-Washougal Fire Department responds to hydrogen tank fire
Crews from the Camas-Washougal Fire Department responded to a hydrogen tank fire at Wafertech Saturday. They placed large diameter master streams on the tank to keep it cool. The tank eventually vented, releasing a large cloud of hydrogen vapor. Fortunately the vapor did not find a source of ignition. Photo courtesy of Camas-Washougal Fire Department

CAMAS — Members of the Camas-Washougal Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at Wafertech in Camas on Saturday at about 1:48 p.m.

On arrival, crews found a fire near a 3,000 gallon hydrogen tank with flames contacting the vessel. Crews placed large diameter master streams on the tank to keep it cool. The tank eventually vented, releasing a large cloud of hydrogen vapor. Fortunately the vapor did not find a source of ignition.

Wafertech safety and hazardous materials technicians were on scene to direct and assist emergency response personnel. The hydrogen tank eventually vented all of its contents until there was no pressure remaining.

Crews from CWFD, Vancouver Fire Department, and Camas Police Department responded. Roads were closed near Wafertech for the duration of the incident as a safety precaution. There were no injuries reported. Further questions about the incident, including possible causes, should be directed to Wafertech.

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