Washington potato factory fire prompts evacuation over ammonia explosion fears

The Grant County Sheriff's Office issued the"GO NOW" notice for many residents residing west of Road U-SE and south of SR170 in Warden, Wash..

Washington potato factory fire prompts evacuation over ammonia explosion fears

A fire in a potato plant in Eastern Washington on Thursday night prompted police to issue a Degree 3 evacuation order because of the risk of an ammonia explosion.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office issued the"GO NOW" note for many residents living west of Road U-SE and south of Highway 170 at Warden, Wash., before 9 p.m. PT since the fire threatened an ammonia tank inside the Washington Potato Company.

"This Level 3 note means you ought to leave the region now. Don't wait," the sheriff's department mentioned in the alert. "law enforcement officers will go door-to-door to notify persons in the Level 3 area."

The sheriff's department said emergency responders might not have the ability to help those who decide to remain.

The door-to-door evacuation warnings were completed by 11 p.m. PT a KREM-TV reporter in Spokane reported. "Fire will continue to burn w/the expect the tank will not burst. Grant. Co.. PIO says fire has been reported to have started at a dehydration unit at the Washington Potato Co.. Construction expected to be'total loss,'" he tweeted.

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