|First news color photo published in a newspaper; a grain elevator in Chicago!|
Wilson Creek, population ~200, is located between Odessa and Soap Lake, an area west of Spokane Washington, accessed by State Route 28 and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (nee Burlington Northern, nee Great Northern.)
photographer Jonathan Fischer, recording the death of a grain elevator, by fire, in central Washington state.
Fischers series of photos demonstrate the results of:
• Volatility of wood elevator construction.
• Volatility of elevator contents.
• Wait time for fire personnel - probably made up of volunteers - who are arriving from different distances from their homes or work-sites.
• Height of structure, in this case 100 feet, creating a problem of getting "the wet stuff to the burning stuff."
According to Grant County 12 Fire Chief, Scott Mortimer, the fire occurred in a wood-cribbed elevator and bin house containing wheat and canola. Both are a "total loss. At least one of the buildings had been in operation since the 1940s.
|"The Improvement Bulletin" June 13, 1908, page 33|
Mortimer went on to say "If a cause for the Wilson Creek fire is determined, it could be due to the structure. What remained of the structure and its contents was still burning January 4th.
"The building is located near a BNSF Railway rail. BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said the railroad temporarily closed the rail line to inspect the line." — Matthew Weaver, Capitol Press.
• Grant County Fire District 12 received aid from Grant County Fire District 5, the City of Ephrata Fire Department, Grant County Fire District 13 and Grant County Public Utility District.
• BNSF closed the line to allow fire department access, and to inspect the track following the fire.
• Note the green Center Pivot Irrigation systems.
In the following frame, we clearly see the interior construction of timber-framed construction. Finally, a telesquirt (remote controlled nozzle) show up and later,
Be sure to checkout Dan's book on the history of the Mid Columbia railroad history!
stunning works of art!