Prosser’s Huge Grain Mill Frightens The Night Sky Due To Fire
UPDATE: Although there has not been any official cause of the fire released, it is known that fire crews were there till the early hours of the morning putting out the blaze. Many continued late into Thursday with sprinklers making sure no embers reignited the fire. I went back to snap another couple pictures, around the same time of day as the previous pictures originally posted Wednesday night.
Above shows the aftermath of the fire taken from Bennett Ave. A few crew members were still working on the wreckage with sprinklers in place on Thursday (May 26th). Below is a picture snapped on the next day, Friday the 27th.
This picture is from the other side of the former structure, taken from the intersection of 8th St. & Stacy Ave. I did not see any workers or running sprinklers, but you can see from the yellow fire hose, they're staying prepared, just in case.
The Original Prosser Grain Mill Story
The grain mill & hay storage connected to the M & E Seed & Grain located at 500 7th St. in Prosser, Washington lit up the sky on Wednesday evening (May 25th, 2022). Fire and emergency crews were quickly on the scene, while onlookers gazed in disbelief.
Not much is known as of the writing of this article (how the fire started, scope of the damages, everyone involved, etc.), but a few details were listed on Yakima Scan's Facebook page:
Commercial Structure Fire | Stacy Ave and 7th - Prosser
1 patient with burns
Multiple fire agencies responding
Life Flight requested for burns
Toppenish Fire ladder truck requested
A later post from Wednesday night on the Yakima County Fire District #5 Facebook page states how other fire districts are assisting in the battle.
Crews are currently assisting West Benton Fire Rescue with a commercial fire in an old all timber building.
Spotting The Grain Mill Fire from Miles Away
I first saw the smoke while I was in Grandview heading towards Prosser. At first glance from the freeway (I-82), about halfway between the two cities (around mile post 78), I could see a flame around the area of McDonald's & the Love's truck stop. I took Exit 80 and headed towards the fire to, like most people in the area, try to get a better look. Police and emergency crews had the streets surrounding the old mill/grain elevator closed off, so I proceeded to my destination, which did offer a great view of the devastation.
As I was about to leave, burning embers, the size of ping pong balls started lightly falling to the ground, as well as hitting my car, which was the sign I needed that I had seen enough. My friend and Prosser resident Scott McLaughlin sent me this up close picture of the fire in which you can see plenty of the embers in the night sky. Very beautiful, if it wasn't so scary.
A huge thank you to all emergency workers and fire crews fighting the blaze and keeping us safe. We will keep you up to date on this story as more information becomes available. Take a look below at the pictures my wife was able to capture during the drive.