Chelan County’s Fire Marshal released his report on the Blue Bird warehouse fire in Peshastin on March 3.
The fire, which started around 7 p.m. at the cold storage building on Peshastin Mill Road, destroyed the 36,000 square foot structure. It had 12 cold rooms, 10 of which contained 250,000 boxes of packed pears. The estimated loss is $9 million dollars for the fruit and $8 million for the structure.
That prompted an investigation by the Chelan County Department of Fire Prevention and Investigations, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and insurance investigators.
Through interviews, eye witness reports and investigation of the fire scene, they determined the fire likely started in or next to stacks of cardboard used in the packing of fruit that were stored under an awning.
They found a light as a possible ignition source; however, were unable to exclude the possibility that the fire was intentionally set. At this time, the fire’s cause is classified as undetermined.
Demolition of the building should start in the next two weeks. Officials say the interior will continue to smoke. Peshastin Mill Road remains closed and the public is asked to stay out of the area over concerns of collapsing walls.