Wood Chips Burn in Commercial Fire
Spokane Valley, Wash. – Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) units responded to a reported commercial structure fire shortly after 2:30 p.m. Crews arrived to find smoke coming from the top of a large steel hopper holding wood chips at The Pallet Place, 10315 E. Buckeye Lane in Spokane Valley.
Working closely with the hopper operator, crews used multiple hoses to simultaneously cool the hopper and spray the burning wood chips as they slowly emptied out of the hopper onto the ground below. Crews then worked to make sure the fire was out inside the giant mound of wood chips. The fire likely started with a spark inside the wood chipper that directly feeds the hopper.
A total of seven Spokane Valley Fire Department apparatus and support vehicles responded to this incident. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.