Fire investigators will get to work soon on two fires that kept firefighters scrambling on Saturday morning. The Yakima Fire Department responded to 2 separate fires at almost the same time around 1:44 a.m. Saturday. A press release from the department says the first was a brush fire in the the 1900 block of Gordon Road near US Highway 12, followed by a dispatch to 1108 N 16th Avenue at Fruit Packers Supply the same business that suffered a big fire early Thursday morning. But this time a fire that started in cardboard boxes that didn't burn Thursday, burned into the nearby business. The business was destroyed.

 
The fire grew and spread quickly through the pallets, getting into the structure. Due to the rapid fire spread, a 2nd, 3rd and 4th alarm were requested as there were fires starting in residential areas and the possible threat to additional business.
“This fire was a defensive fire attack right away, meaning no one was entering the building due to the fuel load and many small explosions from chemicals and propane tanks inside the business. There were no lives at risk inside and the fire was spreading rapidly” Said Yakima Fire Department Capt. Jeff Pfaff.

Firefighters from Yakima, Kittitas Valley Fire & Rescue, Sunnyside, Toppenish and Grandview helped to douse the flames.


The cause currently is undetermined as the fire is still actively burning in buildings that have collapsed on the property.