Dolco Fire

A firefighter stretches out a hose while fighting a fire at Dolco Packaging in south Wenatchee on Wednesday night.

Updated, 12:55 p.m. Thursday: WENATCHEE — A well-designed sprinkler system helped contain a fire Wednesday night at Dolco Packaging in Wenatchee.

The fire was reported inside a storage building that was three-quarters full of 30-foot stacks of polystyrene, a foam material used in fruit packaging, said Kay McKellar, spokeswoman for Chelan County Fire District 1.

“Crews contained the fire with the use of the sprinkler system, as well as water from the roof with handlines,” McKellar said.

Dolco Fire

Firefighters battle a fire at Dolco Packaging in south Wenatchee on Wednesday night.

The sprinkler system was designed to specifically accommodate high stacks of the highly flammable polystyrene, said Chief Brian Brett.

The cause is under investigation, but early reports point to a product taken off the production line that may have still been hot, according to McKellar.

Damage to the structure appears to be limited to a cross-trestle, but overall damage is minor, McKellar said.

No one was injured.

“The supervisor did a great job of getting everyone out of the building and getting everyone accounted for,” McKellar said.

Brett applauded the safety culture at Dolco.

“They have a staff of members who are trained for fire emergencies and they implemented their protocols efficiently,” Brett said.

The fire went to a second-alarm and crews from East Wenatchee, Monitor, Cashmere, Leavenworth and Orondo responded the area.

Crews were cleared from the scene at 1:55 a.m. Thursday, with one apparatus left behind to monitor the site, McKellar said.


WENATCHEE — Fire crews are working to contain a fire burning packaging materials in a Dolco Packaging warehouse on South Columbia Street in Wenatchee. 

No one is believed to be inside, said Chief Brian Brett with Chelan County Fire District 1. 

The fire is burning stacks of "very flammable" packaging materials stored in the building but it's unclear how much of the structure itself has been damaged, Brett said.

"We've sealed the building up to choke the air out of it," Brett said. The building has a fire suppression system that is spraying water on the fire.  

The fire was first reported 8:46 p.m.

This story will be updated when more information is available.

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