Blaze torches Peshastin Blue Bird fruit shed

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PESHASTIN,WA.-A Sunday evening fire causes extensive damage to the Blue Bird cold storage building in Peshastin. The two-alarm fire was first reported shortly after 7 pm. Our SkyFi web cam captured these images of the fire as flames swept through the west end of the structure.

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Flames were visible from US 2 and the fire generated a huge volume of smoke that blanketed the entire Wenatchee Valley this morning. The frigid overnight temperatures caused extremely slippery conditions for emergency crews as water quickly froze to the pavement.

 Chelan County Fire District 6 chief, Phil Mosher said the cause is under investigation.

There are no reports of injuries at this time. The fire prompted an emergency 48-hour boil water advisory. Officials expressed concerns about the possibility of chemicals from the fruit storage operation leaking out and contaminating a neighboring well.

Road closure signs were posted on North Dryden Road in the area of the fire.

The scene at the Blue Bird fire this morning as fire crews continue to work on the facility.
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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.