Fire causes major damage to foundry building in Marysville
September 24, 2009 · 9:40 AM
MARYSVILLE — On Sept. 23, at approximately 8:50 p.m., the Marysville Fire District was dispatched to a Commercial Fire Alarm located at 13100 41st Avenue NE. While in route, dispatch reported they had received several calls of fire and smoke coming from the building. Based on those reports, the call was upgraded to a Commercial Structure Fire.
The first arriving engine found heavy smoke coming from the large two-story metal commercial building. As crews began their initial search and attack, it was discovered there was approximately 900 pounds of molten aluminum in a furnace of the building. Due to the concern over the aluminum, the call was quickly upgraded again to a second alarm. Crews were able to extinguish the fire without issue from the aluminum. With a substance like this, crews are very careful due to the volatility and risk of explosion if water hits it.
The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s office, Marysville Fire Marshal and city of Marysville’s Police Investigator are conducting an investigation. Initial reports estimated damage at close to $2 million, but after further investigation and inspection they appear to be less than first reported. Co-owner and General Manager Chuck Thomas said, “I anticipate being operational, in at least part of the building, Monday morning”. The portion of the building that sustained the most water and heat damage is not where the bulk of their manufacturing is done.
The building had a sprinkler system that held the fire at bay until crews arrived and were able to extinguish it.
Crews from Everett, North County, Silvana, Getchell and Arlington all assisted. Approximately 41 emergency response members responded.