Crews continue hours-long battle with fire at Universal Forest Products

Crews continue hours-long battle with fire at Universal Forest Products
Firefighters from several upper Yakima Valley agencies work to contain a large fire at Universal Forests Products on North Mitchell Drive in Gleed, Washington. Photo by Shawn Gust with the Yakima Herald-Republic.

Dozens of firefighters from across the upper Yakima Valley are battling a massive 2-alarm fire at Gleed area pallet factory at 51 North Mitchell Drive just north of U.S. Highway 12.

Fed in part by stacks of flaming wood pallets, the fire’s glow could be seen for miles as smoke drifted east across the Valley into Yakima.

Officials say the fire began around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and they don’t expect to have it fully contained until Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters won’t say what caused the blaze at Universal Forest Products’ pallet factory.

This is the fourth fire in Yakima in the past three days.

Firefighters from across the Valley, including the Yakima, Selah, West Valley and East Valley fire departments as well as the Gleed and Naches fire districts and the Yakima Training Center, are all on scene.

The facility, which keeps a large inventory of wood on hand for the manufacturing of industrial pallets, is owned by Universal Forest Products, which describes itself as a U.S.-based global corporation serving retail, industrial and construction. In the Pacific Northwest it has operations in Woodburn, Ore., in addition to the Gleed area facility.

This is a developing story.

Some information was taken from KAPP/KVEW media partners, Yakima Herald-Republic