Plastic pipes burn in 2-alarm Washougal fire

No one was injured

A commercial fire in Washougal, Wash. on July 28, 2017. (KOIN)


WASHOUGAL, Wash. (KOIN) — A storage yard full of plastic pipes burned in Washougal Friday night, with a plume of smoke visible all over the area and as far as downtown Portland.

The fire burned through the yard at Advanced Drainage Systems, a storm water management company.

Eight fire engines from several fire departments responded and were able to confine the flames to a smaller area where it started within an hour.

“[Plastic is] very tough to fight. It burns so hot and it puts off a lot of noxious smoke,” Camas-Washougal Fire Chief Nick Swinehart said. “That’s why we use foam to try and contain it and lots and lots of water once they were able to get master streams on it, they were able to get it extinguished pretty quick.”

The fire didn’t spread to the building but some storage trailers may have been damaged.

No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.