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December 30, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Man burned in Kent tarp factory fire

One man was burned on several parts of his body when fire broke out today  inside the Washington Tarp Company in Kent.  

The concrete building  is in the 8600 block of South 228th Street, in the Green River Valley. A woman there was examined by paramedics but declined further treatment. Both are employees of the business, which  manufactures tarps, said Capt. Kyle Ohashi of the Kent Fire Department.

Investigators believe a spark ignited gasoline fumes, while fuel was being pumped from a vehicle’s tank inside the building.

After the fire was reported at 5:15 p.m., the city sent extra fire trucks because of fears it would spread, but the initial crews managed to contain it. Neighboring businesses were unoccupied, but one had minor smoke damage. The street was closed to traffic for two hours.

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