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109-year-old Kent grain storage facility destroyed in predawn inferno

A 2-alarm fire at White River Feed Company destroyed the commercial building near Kent and delayed transit in the area. (Photo courtesy: Puget Sound Fire)

KENT, Wash. - A raging two-alarm fire destroyed a 109-year-old grain storage facility early Wednesday just outside of Kent's southern limits.

Several crews responded to the blaze at the White River Feed Co., in the 27600 block of 78th Avenue South, at around 5:15 a.m., said Kyle Ohashi of the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority.

Several buildings on the property were fully engulfed in flames when the first responders arrived, Ohashi said.

Fighting the blaze was a challenge due to its intensity. Several hydrants were needed to provide enough water to battle the flames.

At its peak, firefighters were dumping 2,000 gallons of water a minute onto the fire.

All employees at the business are reportedly safe and accounted for, Ohashi said.

Sound Transit's Sounder train runs on the tracks next to the building, and the Sounder south line was stopped earlier due to the fire. It has since resumed service.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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This is a breaking news story and we will update this as soon as we receive more information.

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