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A massive structure fire in Moses Lake burned five buildings Friday afternoon.

Propane tanks explode in Inland Tarp Fire

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MOSES LAKE, Wash.- A massive structure fire in Moses Lake burned five buildings Friday afternoon. The Grant County Sheriff's Office told KHQ that Inland Tarps, a company that produces and distributes tarps to cover hay, caught fire when the sparks from an employees' saw ignited nearby material.

Grant County Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Foreman responded to the scene. With years of experience as a fire firefighter and deputy, Foreman isn't phased by much. But Friday he said, "My heart was pounding." 

The reason his heart was pounding so hard was a giant explosion from propane tanks. 

"I dived behind my car while those explosions were happening," he remembered. 

Next door, the Delgado family heard those booms. A giant pillar of black smoke rose from angry red flames burning the vinyl tarps and propane, and a thinner line of white smoke came from these haystacks burning. 

But the Delgados are just happy the fire didn't jump from the company into their yard. 

"I was worried and concerned," Anthony Delgado said. "If that fire had come into our yard, I don't know what we would have done with just a couple of garden hoses. That's like a squirt gun against a giant fire. It's nothing." 
 

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