Fire at Basic American Foods Causes Extensive Damage

Smoke and flames were seen coming out of the building on the evening of Tuesday, March 28.

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A Tuesday evening fire at Basic American Foods processing plant caused extensive damage, mainly on the third floor of the facility.Image courtesy of CatEyePerspective/Getty Images

Grant County and Moses Lake firefighters in Washington State worked for hours on the night of Tuesday, March 28  to contain a big fire at Basic American Foods in Moses Lake, a food processing plant

According to local news KREM 2, the fire was reported at approximately 8 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Office (GCSO). Fire District 5 responded to the fire.

The plant was in operation and workers were inside when the fire started. All employees were evacuated and no injuries have been reported, according to Grant County Fire.

GCSO said the fire was in the upper stories of the facility and that the third floor sustained the most damage.

Fire District 5 said the building suffered extensive damage from both fire and water.

The Grant County Fire Marshals' office is investigating the cause of the fire. 

Basic American Foods, based in Walnut Grove, CA, processes potatoes for CPGs as well as foodservice companies. Brands include Hungry Jack potatoes and Idaho Spuds potatoes.

Industries the company serves include snacking, pet food, prepared foods, baked goods and breading/coatings, pasta, soups/sauces, meat/poultry, and seasoning/spices. 

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Established in 1983, Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) serves industries that process, handle, and package dry particulate matter, including the food, chemical, and pharmaceutical markets.

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