Firefighters extinguish fire at Great Western Malting plant

Vancouver Fire Department twice responds to malt plant early Saturday morning

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



Vancouver firefighters were busy early Saturday morning at Great Western Malting due to two separate fire calls.

The first call to 911 came in at 3:15 a.m. at the malt plant at 1855 N.W. Harborside Drive on the city’s industrial west side. Somewhere in the malting process — after the product had gone through the baking process and then entered the cooling process — the material did not cool down enough and ignited, Vancouver Fire Department Capt. Joe Spatz said.

Firefighters hosed down the fire in a cooling bin, which was about the size of a dumpster, and extinguished the material. They remained on scene for about two hours.

Firefighters returned later because some of the material had gone up a flue and reignited, causing a fire in a filtering system. Firefighters quickly extinguished that fire.