2013-03-14 / Front Page

Stubborn wood chip fire keeps fire fighters busy at Anthony Forest plant


Washington firefighters pour water into a bin of wood chips to extinguish a small but stubborn fire Monday at Anthony Forest Products. Washington firefighters pour water into a bin of wood chips to extinguish a small but stubborn fire Monday at Anthony Forest Products. Fire fighters from the Washington Fire Department worked on a small but stubborn wood chip fire Monday morning behind the Anthony Forest Products plant south of Washington.

Operations at the plant were not interrupted, Fire Chief Darrell Rogers said.

At just before 7 a.m., the plant reported that some shielding around a wood chip bin had caught fire, and factory personnel had largely put it out before firefighters arrived. Then, at about 8:30 a.m., smoke was seen coming from a nearby three-story bin.

“It looks like hot ashes from the first fire may have gotten into a vent in the top of the bigger bin,” the chief said. “The plant didn’t shut down, they just sent their chips to another bin out back while we poured water into the top of the bin.”

Using Washington’s Engine 2 and Ladder 3, some 10 firefighters worked with plant personnel to extinguish any smoldering chips and overhaul the remainder of the material in the bin to ensure the fire could not start up again. “We flowed a lot of water to wash the chips out,” Rogers said. “We didn’t get finished until about 3 p.m.”

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