A blaze destroyed several units in a large storage building outside of Pullman on Thursday afternoon.
Whitman County Fire District 12 Volunteers out of Pullman were called to a fire at the Express Storage on the Moscow-Pullman Highway shortly after noon. When volunteers arrived, several units were already on fire. Crews were able to save four units. Six units were destroyed. There was smoke damage throughout the large metal building. Volunteers had the fire mostly knocked down after about an hour.
Volunteers from Whitman County Fire District 4 out of Palouse, District 14 from Colton-Uniontown, and Moscow city and rural crews responded to assist. A crew from the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport Fire Department was also called in to help out. Nearly 50 volunteer firefighters fought the flames with over a dozen firetrucks. 13 vehicles were destroyed along with a motor home a camp trailer and five off road vehicles. Nearby businesses helped as well. Volunteers used water from Atlas Sand and Rock to fight the flames and Motley and Motley loaned crews an excavator to remove debris to provide better access to the fire. The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and Washington Department of Transportation assisted with the fire response.
No one was hurt. The City of Pullman’s fire investigator was called in to determine what caused the blaze which remains under investigation. Volunteers will be on scene throughout the night to put out hotspots.
This was the largest structure fire in Whitman County Fire District 12 since the grain elevator fire in 2007 on the Moscow-Pullman Highway.