Large fire extinguished at auto salvage yard, employee in hospital
May 4, 2023, 11:00 AM | Updated: 11:33 am
(Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol Trooper Katherine Weatherwax)
Update 5/4 11 a.m.:
The fire has been extinguished as the business, All West Coast Auto Wrecking in Grapeview, reopened Thursday.
Central Mason Fire’s Norma Brock said crews worked into Wednesday night and struggled with the toxic flames.
“The fire spread to about 40 vehicles and several hundred tires,” Brock told KIRO Newsradio. “The fire spread also included about 3,500 gallons of waste fuel, which is gas diesel oil.”
One employee at All West Coast Auto Wrecking was reportedly burned and overcome by smoke when trying to put the fire out. After being airlifted from the scene Wednesday, he is expected to be released from the hospital this afternoon.
According to Central Mason Fire, there is still no clear idea of how the fire started.
A pile of tires caught on fire at a commercial building in Grapeview in central Mason County south of Bremerton Wednesday, leading to seven 500-gallon drums of oil also catching on fire near State Route 3 and Anthony Road, according to State Patrol.
⚠️#MasonCounty: SR 3 in both directions at Bayshore Dr MP 6 is shut down for a structure fire. Seven 500 gallon drums of oil caught on fire. One person was airlifted for smoke inhalation.
Detours are in place at Mason Benson Rd-Anthony Rd. pic.twitter.com/H3V8lqhXGZ
— Trooper Katherine Weatherwax (@wspd8pio) May 4, 2023
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A person has been airlifted to be treated for smoke inhalation from the fire.
KIRO-7 TV reported the tire fire at a junkyard had spread to the building. State Route 3 and other roads in the area were shut down during the incident.
“We were told this is in a junk car lot,” KIRO 7’s Elle Thomas reported. “No word on a cause, no reported injuries at this point. Crews are asking you to use caution if you are traveling through this area.”
This is a developing story