Vancouver firefighters extinguish fire in below grade grain storage at Great Western Malting

On scene maintenance workers called 9-1-1 after they were unable to control the fire with staff and fire protection equipment on scene

Vancouver Fire Department crews were able to extinguish a fire Monday afternoon at Great Western Malting.

Four Vancouver fire units were dispatched at 2:47 p.m. Monday (Oct. 4) for a fire in a below grade grain silo. On scene maintenance workers called 9-1-1 after they were unable to control the fire with staff and fire protection equipment on scene. 

Vancouver Fire Department crews were able to extinguish a fire Monday afternoon at Great Western Malting.
File photo.

The workers advised first-arriving units that they were welding while performing maintenance and a few embers had dropped down into the grain storage area, they found smoke and heat later in the area of the grain storage which had 200-300 pounds of grain in it and called 9-1-1.

Vancouver Fire’s Hazardous Materials team was called in to monitor the air and check for extension as smoke was noted throughout the building and grain elevator. All Vancouver units cleared the scene approximately two and one half hours later after the fire was under control and extinguished.    

Information provided by Vancouver Fire Department.

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