Parker Bridge Road was closed briefly late Sunday afternoon as firefighters extinguished a blaze in a commercial structure nearby.
No one was injured in the fire at Waupaca Materials at 81 N. Track Road. The Waupaca Northwoods company, described as a garden center, has a Wapato address but is in the unincorporated Lower Yakima Valley community of Parker, between Union Gap and Wapato around U.S. Highway 97. It sells garden and landscaping materials such as soils, bark, mulches, stone, sphagnum and sand, according to the Waupaca Northwoods website.
Yakima County Fire District 5 firefighters were dispatched just before 2:30 p.m. and fire was showing through the roof, according to a post on the district’s Facebook page.
Fire Chief Kevin Frazier said some bark-type material was burning and got onto a conveyor belt and inside, where it ignited a few big bags…