hay press fire

A sprinkler system helped contain a fire at No. 9 Hay on Hungry Junction Road on Thursday morning.

An automatic fire sprinkler system helped save a hay press building near Ellensburg, according to a news release from Kittitas County Community Development Services.

At 6:46 Thursday morning, Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a commercial fire alarm at No. 9 Hay on Hungry Junction Road. The alarm company reported fire alarm activation with waterflow and sprinkler fire pump activation.

Several minutes later, a caller at the location notified Kittcom 911 that there was a confirmed fire in a hay press building.

Firefighters arrived to find a fire contained to a small area of the building near a mechanical room and quickly suppressed the fire.

The automatic fire sprinkler system was commissioned and put into service at the end of March of this year by the Kittitas County Fire Marshal. The sprinkler system and a new fire alarm system were installed secondary to the addition of a new press building at the facility

A fire began in a faulty light fixture in a mechanical room that quickly spread and activated three sprinkler heads at the ceiling of the steel building. The sprinkler system performed as it was intended and suppressed the fire, containing it to the area of origin until firefighters arrived to extinguish the fire.

The building suffered minimal damage. There are no reported injuries and work is underway to restore the facility to full operation soon.

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