WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Firefighters and medics from across the region converged at a commercial building near the intersection of N 12th Ave & W Rees Ave where a suspicious fire consumed the structure and surrounding cars.
According to the Walla Walla Fire Department, the initial reports of a commercial structure fire drew a response from Walla Walla Fire Stations 1 and 2 around 4:00 a.m, on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022. However, due to the severity of the fire and their mutual aid agreement, teams from Fire District 4 and the College Place Fire Department responded shortly after.
The first crews to arrive at the scene of the blaze observed flames stemming from two separate commercial buildings and several nearby vehicles. They sprung into action to contain the spread of the fire, which they were able to successfully keep from spreading to any more buildings or vehicles.
By 5:00 a.m., the blaze was completely brought under control and fire officials shifted focus toward learning what caused the fire. This kept them on the scene until 10:21 a.m. when the final remaining fire teams left the scene while ensuring that no more flare-ups would threaten the area.
No firefighters or occupants were injured during the fire and subsequent response efforts, and the damages were estimated at roughly $200,000 between the two buildings and vehicles.
Although they weren’t able to confirm the cause of this fire, Walla Walla fire officials developed reason to believe this was suspicious in nature.
This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up will be issued if further details are revealed.
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