A massive warehouse fire at Blue Bird in Peshastin pumped heavy smoke into the Wenatchee Valley overnight and prompted a 48-hour boil water recommendation for Peshastin residents.
Chelan County firefighters from Peshastin, Leavenworth, Cashmere and Wenatchee, as well as Cascade ambulance, responded to Peshastin Mill Road a little after 7 p.m. yesterday to find the west side of the cold storage building in flames.
The fire was visible from Highway 2 and continued to burn for several hours. The cause is currently unclear, as well as the extent of the damage.
Chelan County Emergency Management issued a 48-hour boil water recommendation for residents of Peshastin, as there’s concern from water district officials that chemicals or materials related to the fire could seep into a nearby well. The water district’s electrical equipment building is also close to the Bluebird facility. The boil water notice recommendation is in place as a precaution, officials said.
Peshastin Mill Road is still an active fire area and road closures will likely remain in effect for the day.