Washington potato facility fire triggers a town evacuation due to explosion risks

Local police and fire agencies are on the scene of a commercial structure fire at Washington Potato Company in Warden, Washington, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

There is a “risk of ammonia tank explosion,” the sheriff’s office said.

Warden is located about 90 miles southwest of Spokane. The population of the town is approximately 2,800, according to a recent Census Bureau estimate. It is unclear at this time the exact number of residents ordered to evacuate.

Authorities have issued a Level 3 evacuation, which means “GO NOW” for “All areas west of Road U-SE and south of SR170, Warden,” a tweet from the sheriff’s office said.

“Law enforcement officers will go door-to-door to notify persons in the Level 3 area,” the message said.

Officials said there have been no reports of injuries so far.

“The Red Cross can provide assistance to those displaced by the #WardenFire,” the Grant County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.

According to the Washington Potato Company, owned by Oregon Potato Co., it is known for “premium quality dehydrated and dehydrofrozen potato products both domestically and throughout the world.”

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