Finley Fire Department

Finley Team Provides Needed Water to Battle Major Warehouse Fire

Tessenderlo Kerley Supplies 20,000+ Gallons of Water in Partnership with Benton County Fire

Finely Team Helping Fire Department

FINLEY, WASHINGTON, May 31, 2024 – Tessenderlo Kerley has provided crucial assistance to Benton County Fire District 1 as it battles what is believed to be the largest structure fire in the history of the Tri-Cities area.  

The Lineage Logistics warehouse fire has raged for one month and counting, but Benton County District 1 Fire Chief Scott LoParco said the use of Tessenderlo Kerley’s hydrant has provided his team with quick access to over 20,000 gallons of water since the fire began on April 21. 

LoParco said the ability of his team to fill water tanks in 2-3 minutes by using Tessenderlo Kerley’s hydrant has helped ensure the fire does not spread beyond the warehouse.

“We wouldn’t be able to do most of what we do without Tessenderlo Kerley,” LoParco said. “It’s invaluable knowing that water supply is available. For this community, you can’t put a price on it.”

“They’re always there for us, so if there’s anything we can do for them, we definitely want to come  

through,” said Robert Smith, manager of Tessenderlo Kerley’s Finley plant. “It’s really nice to have that kind of relationship and be able to partner with them.” 

Tessenderlo Kerley is set to celebrate its 60-year anniversary in August, and Benton County Fire District 1 has utilized Tessenderlo Kerley’s hydrant many times, including in August 2022 when Tessenderlo Kerley provided fire crews with 15,000 gallons of water to battle a 183-acre brush fire. 

“This is my 34th year at this fire department, and I can think of so many times that we’ve utilized the water system at Tessenderlo Kerley,” LoParco said. “When we’re in the heat of the batle, the quick turnaround time for us is essential.” 

“Safety and Integrity are two of our Core Values, and our plant in Finley has always demonstrated these exceptionally well, including right now,” said Tessenderlo Kerley Executive Vice President Russell Sides. “We’re all proud of the entire team there for always being willing and able to help the fire department keep the community safe.”