Hazardous Material Response to an Agricultural Structure Fire

Field Storage Warehouse, Naches, Washington 

Fulcrum was retained by an independent adjuster on behalf of a national insurance company to provide inspection, assessment, and management of agricultural chemicals damaged in the course of a fire to a field storage warehouse. Damaged in the fire were three tractors and other equipment. During fire suppression, localized explosive reactions continued to occur and blue flame and gas would erupt. Investigation confirmed the presence of 12 gallon containers of a water-reactive aluminum phosphide used to control burrowing rodents in agricultural fields. Fulcrum managed a hazardous response contractor to collect, package, label, and ship the unreacted product and damaged containers from the center of a controlled arson investigation scene. Following removal of the products, the arson investigators were able to resume their work.

Fulcrum completed site activities by confirming that no impact to the surrounding site soils was present as a result of fire suppression activities.   

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