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 South County Fire

Multiple fire departments fight stubborn fire at paper recycling warehouse

Post Date:03/22/2019
South County Fire responded to a two-alarm fire at a paper recycling warehouse near Paine Field on March 21.

The fire was reported around 6:30 p.m. by an employee who discovered smoke and flames coming from a bale of newspaper and cardboard inside the Fibres International warehouse in the 2600 block of 94th Street SW in unincorporated Everett. Light smoke was coming from the building when firefighters arrived. Inside the smoke-filled warehouse they found fire burning in 50-foot stacks of paper bales.

South County Fire, the Everett Fire Department, the Mukilteo Fire Department, the Paine Field Fire Department and Boeing Fire responded. No one was injured.

Firefighters opened roof vents to clear smoke and improve visibility for crews working inside the warehouse. They had the fire controlled within an hour, but the paper bales continued to smolder. The bales were moved outside, broken apart by heavy equipment from Boeing, then sprayed down with firefighting foam. This work continued throughout the night.

The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office is continuing to investigate how the fire started. It appears the cause is accidental. Fire damage to the structure is minimal, but there is significant smoke and water damage throughout the warehouse and adjoining offices.


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