OLD MILL BURNS

OLD MILL BURNS — The historic Granger Feed Mill burned hot and fast late Monday night into the early morning of Tuesday, Nov. 5. Surrounding fire departments responded and worked on containment as well as suppression, all through the night, into the early morning.

GRANGER — Fire units from around the Lower Valley aided Granger City firefighters Monday, Nov. 4 as they battled a fire in the abandoned grain elevator, 100 block of E Avenue.

The 50-foot tall wooden commercial structure was fully involved with flames bursting from the north side of the building when 28 firemen arrived on the scene at 9:20 p.m., according to Volunteer Incident Commander Ken Shipman of the Granger Fire Department.

Shipman reported the fire was knocked down and an offensive interior fire attack was attempted shortly after a laddered fire rig arrived on the scene. Interior fire crews found dangerous building and fire conditions with partial structure collapse and falling debris.

They were removed and after talking to the building owner Mark Arstein, it was decided to let the structure burn in a controlled manner, overnight, secondary to unsafe interior conditions and firefighter safety.

The fire scene was monitored throughout the night to ensure there was no fire spread.

Units cleared the scene at Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 4:21 a.m.

The structure suffered an estimated $50,000 loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Agencies involved included Granger Fire, Zillah Fire, Toppenish Fire, Sunnyside Fire, Grandview Fire, Yakima County Fire District #5, PP&L, Granger Public Works, Granger Police.

The structure reportedly was a former feed mill that had not been in regular use in the past 10 years, Shipman added.

Julia Hart can be reached at 509-837-4500, ext. 123 or at jhart@sunnysidesun.com

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