The DOLCO Packaging plant in South Wenatchee was hit by fire yet again Wednesday evening. Kay McKellar, spokesperson for Chelan County Fire District One, says pallets of warm polystyrene foam that were stacked 30 feet high in a large storage room somehow ignited.
The two-alarm fire was called in at 8:45 p.m. and drew crews from Wenatchee, Douglas County, Entiat, Orondo and Leavenworth. McKellar said sprinklers inside the building helped extinguish the blaze, but a cross truss did sustain damage. Firefighters remained on site until almost 2:00 a.m. this morning.
DOLCO is a major manufacturer of polystyrene foam for egg cartons and fruit packaging. It was the fifth fire since 2013 at the plant on South Columbia Street near the George Sellar Bridge, two in the yard outside the plant. One of those was determined to be arson after video showed a person setting fire to pallets. Wednesday’s fire remains under investigation.