Fire prompts city of Toppenish to re-emphasize safety – Yakima Herald-Republic

TOPPENISH, Wash. -- Toppenish’s Public Works Division is altering the way in which it conducts month-to-month safety conferences within the aftermath of a fireplace that destroyed the division’s constructing in late August.

A committee of staff can be requested to counsel coaching subjects they really feel want to be addressed, stated Public Works Director Rocky Wallace.

The elevated emphasis on coaching and safety comes after a fireplace erupted Aug. 23 within the public works constructing the place an worker was cleansing a sprayer used to paint strains on streets.

Fumes from the risky cleansing chemical have been ignited by a spark or flame from an unknown supply, setting off a fireplace that finally engulfed your complete constructing, Fire Chief Timothy Smith stated.

The worker unsuccessfully used a fireplace extinguisher to struggle the fireplace. However the constructing, components of which dated to 1904, was destroyed, together with 5 city automobiles and two automobiles belonging to staff.

“It ought to have been cleaned exterior, in a nicely-ventilated space, but it surely wasn’t,” Smith stated.

City Supervisor Lance Hoyt stated the worker, whom he declined to determine, was given an oral reprimand for utilizing the thinner indoors. Wallace stated the worker had obtained safety instruction on the gear and its care on the month-to-month conferences.

Smith stated earlier that the constructing’s lack of hearth sprinklers contributed to the fireplace’s speedy development. As a result of of its age, the constructing was exempt from trendy constructing code necessities to have a fireplace suppression system.

Losses are estimated at $2.four million for the constructing, gear and automobiles.

Hoyt stated that after insurance coverage adjusters and others end their stories, the city will take away the automobiles from the location and demolish what stays of the constructing and rebuild it.

Within the meantime, the division is utilizing a trailer to home the general public works workplace, Hoyt stated.

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Fire prompts city of Toppenish to re-emphasize safety - Yakima Herald-Republic