Fire destroys hops warehouse

$2 million of Washington hops go up in flames

Sept 24, 1999 - A fire gutted a Yakima, Wash., hops warehouse Thursday, destroying 6,500 bales of hops valued at $2 million. Spontaneous combustion, always a danger with tightly-packed hops bales, is suspected as the cause of the fire at the John I. Haas facility.


When firefighters first arrived at the warehouse, flames were shooting out of the metal roof. The fire generated temperatures estimated at 1,000 degrees, warping beams in the warehouse and melting the metal siding. More than 40 firefighters poured an estimated 100,000 gallons onto the fire, stopping it from spreading to the other 17 buildings on the property.

The smell of burned hops hung over north Yakima on Thursday as firefighters monitored the remains to make sure nothing reigned. No Haas employees or firefights were injured in the blaze. Haas process about 120,000 bales of hops annual, most coming from nearby Yakima Valley farms.

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