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Spectacular Washougal fire damages plastics business

first_imgWASHOUGAL — A spectacular fire ripped through a drainage pipe storage yard at the Port of Camas-Washougal on Friday evening, sending plumes of black smoke into the air that were visible for miles.The fire was reported at Advanced Drainage Systems, 627 S. 37th St., Washougal at 7:56 p.m. and quickly grew to two alarms. Flames reached an estimated 60 feet into the air, Camas-Washougal Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Payne said. The weather at the time the fire erupted was about 80 degrees with a light breeze.The blaze burned five large stacks of 4- to 24-inch stormwater management pipe that were stored in an outdoor yard, according to Randy Miller, deputy fire marshal with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department. The storage yard is near South 32nd and Index streets, about a block from the factoryA worker on a forklift reportedly spotted the fire, then tried to separate the stacks of piping to prevent the flames from spreading. The effort was ultimately unsuccessful as the fire quickly spread through the piping.ADS manufactures and sells polyethylene and polypropylene pipe used for agriculture, mining, forestry, recreation and general construction uses, according to its website. The company is based in Hilliard, Ohio; the Washougal plant is one of several ADS plants in the Pacific Northwest. ADS has been a tenant at the port since 1978.last_img read more