The Grant County Sheriff’s Department and Fire Department are investigating the cause of the fire.
Wilbur Ellis’ fertilizer plant catches fire.
No one was injured and there was no evacuation, mainly because the wind was not blowing excessively. However, some people about a mile away were told to stay indoors on Sunday afternoon and not open windows or doors.
Around 4:15 p.m. Sunday, alerts were issued by the GCSO as well as Grant County Fire District 5 that the plant, located about three miles southeast of Moses Lake, was on fire .
As you can see in the photos, the main structure of the factory was completely demolished by the fire. No one was reported injured, but the plant is likely considered a total loss.
Since Monday, the GCSO and fire experts have been combing through debris to find the source of the blaze. Officials did not say if anyone was actively working in the building at the time of the fire. From the first images, it appears that the fire started in the central part of the building and then moved upwards and outwards.