Fire damages foundry at Spokane Valley industrial park

<p><p>A fire damaged a foundry Wednesday morning at the Spokane Business and Industrial Park, but sprinklers helped douse flames quickly and the owner is hopeful the business won’t have to stay closed for long.</p></p><p><p>Firefighters were called to Spokane Industries, a steel castings and metal products company at 3808 N. Sullivan Road, when workers noticed the fire just after 8 a.m., said Spokane Valley Fire Department spokesman Craig Warzon.</p></p><p><p>Crews arrived to find smoke coming from the roof and employees evacuating the large building.</p></p><p><p>Fire and smoke damaged the roof and duct work, but the building is largely intact.</p></p><p><p>“The sprinklers did what they’re supposed to do,” Warzon said.</p></p><p><p>Spokane Industries owner Greg Tenhold said he is thankful everyone got out of the building safely.</p></p><p><p>“We had a fire that did a little bit of damage, but we hope to be back up and operating relatively quickly,” Tenhold said.</p></p><p><!–[photoset id=11662]–></p><p><p>He expects insurance will cover the damage, which is in part due to water from the sprinklers, along with the smoke and fire.</p></p><p><p>Two fire trucks were expected to remain on scene for part of the day to make sure the fire didn’t reignite.</p></p><p><p>The fire started in the kiln area, Warzon said. The cause was still under investigation as of Wednesday morning.</p></p><p><p>Warzon said no one was injured in the fire.</p></p>