The warehouse fire that affected three Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD) buildings on Saturday is fully contained. On Saturday, March 25, a structure fire was reported in the warehouse area at building 576. The fire damaged buildings 576 and 581 with partial damage to another. Depot personnel responded and mutual aid from the community arrived.
There was no danger to the chemical munitions stockpile, the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant or the rented PuebloPlex storage igloos. Despite the emergency, the security of the chemical stockpile was never in question.
“The safe and secure storage of the chemical stockpile is still our number one priority and ongoing mission,” said Col. Christopher Grice, PCD commander.
Depot fire and security personnel continue to patrol the area to ensure there is no further risk. An investigation will determine the cause of the fire.
“I cannot overemphasize the bravery and hard work by the PCD team, partners and local community to contain this fire,” said Col. Grice.
Responding to the fire were personnel from PCD, the City of Pueblo, Pueblo County, West Park, Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Pueblo Rural, Pueblo West and Rye. The Public Works Department on the Depot cut fire-breaks, which assisted in controlling the spread of the fire.
The Depot emergency operations center was activated. The County Emergency Operations Center was activated as well in support of the Depot.
Annual training provided to both Depot and County personnel through the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program ensured a coordinated and effective response.
“The timely response by both Depot personnel and the mutual aid response was instrumental in containing the fire,” Grice added. “We are grateful for the response and support.”
One PCD emergency responder was transported to an area hospital and has been released.
“We have an experienced and dedicated staff who responded immediately,” Col. Grice added. “I have a deep sense of pride in the people at the Depot and in the community. The timely response by all was instrumental in containing the fire and preventing further damage.”