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Fire in Grain Elevator at Port of Vancouver

Sparks from welding equipment started fire at Great Western Malting

Fire sparked by welding equipment burned in a below ground grain silo at the Port of Vancouver on Monday, reports The Columbian.

Emgergency units were dispatched to Great Western Malting, Vancouver, WA, after maintenance workers called 911 after being unable to control the fire with staff.

Workers told firefighters they had been performing maintenance work when welding sparks dropped into an area storing about 200 to 300 pounds of grain.

The fire department’s Hazardous Materials Team was brought in to monitor the air and check for extension, since smoke was noted throughout the building and the grain elevator.

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