Fire Damages Basic American Foods’ Potato, Pinto Bean Plant

March 29, 2023
No injuries were reported, but damage to facility that predominantly dehydrates potato flakes and pinto beans was reported as “extensive.”

A potato and pinto beans dehydrating facility outside Moses Lake, Wash., owned by Basic American Foods caught fire and suffered extensive damage the evening of March 28, according to local reports. Basic American Foods, headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., produces a variety of plant-based foods and ingredients solutions for manufacturers and foodservice operators, and the Moses Lake facility was said to manufacture dehydrated potato flakes and dehydrated pinto beans.

Local authorities believe the fire may have started near equipment used to preheat external air used to remove moisture during the cooler months, although that was not confirmed as the source of the fire. No injuries were reported, but damage to the second and third floors of the facility was deemed “extensive” by reports. Much of the fire burned near the roof with the fire burning between the concrete structure and the vinyl roofing on top of the building, fire officials stated.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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