A large fire in the Aberdeen Museum this morning continues to burn today as fire crews from multiple agencies work to keep the flames contained to the two story building at 111 East 3rd Street.
Battalion Chief Dave Golding with the Aberdeen Fire Department said it was reported at 9:26 am this morning, “While en route the on-duty BC saw smoke as he responded so he quickly upgraded to a second alarm. And then shortly thereafter, as he was pulling up, went to a third alarm.”
Firefighters from Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Cosmopolis, Montesano, District 2, and South Beach Regional fire Authority surrounded the building with 3 engines and 4 ladder trucks. A ladder truck on each side is spraying water into the building from the outside.
Golding said the fire was fierce enough that crews were not able to do much inside before evacuating entirely, “Upon initial arrival crews did attempt an interior attack due to the conditions and some interior ceiling collapse that was going on at that time. They opted to pull out and have mounted a full defensive mode due to the safety considerations of trying to make an attack on this.”
The following video was recorded by Aerial Drone Solutionz, with permission from the Aberdeen Fire Department.
Facebook live video posted to our page shows crews cutting open the side doors and spraying water into the museum area near the alley. Flames are visible everywhere inside the museum.
Former Director of the Aberdeen Museum Dann Sears confirmed that the historic fire truck and another vehicle were inside at the time of the fire. He said he hoped that the fire, smoke, and water didn’t damage very important archives that remain in the basement of the building.
The Grays Harbor PUD reported having to cut power to ten blocks of 3rd street to accommodate the firefighters.
As part of the fire response to the Aberdeen Museum, the PUD has been asked to cut power to 10 blocks of 3rd St in Aberdeen. The outage will last as long as Aberdeen Fire requests.
— Grays Harbor PUD (@GHPUD) June 9, 2018
Agencies from Thurston County were also responding to the area to help cover any other issues that may crop up during the day. Golding added, “They will be coming in to kind of help assist with any other calls going on.”
Golding expected to be on scene for several more hours. No injuries have been reported, other than a minor cut to a firefighter who was treated at the scene.
The former armory also houses several local programs including Coastal Community Action Program, Meals on Wheels and the Senior Nutrition Program. Donations to support CCAP can be made to the United Way of Grays Harbor. www.unitedwaygraysharbor.org