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.
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.