A stubborn 2-alarm fire eventually gutted a building in downtown Aberdeen over the weekend. Fire Chief Tom Hubbard said early Saturday morning that arriving crews attempted to put the fire out from inside, “There was fire on the second floor. There was places where the floor had already burned through and collapsed they put that out they moved a little deeper into the kitchen put that out and then the floor kept getting hotter and in this building, there’s like 3 feet of void space between each floor so we’ve pulled back and we’re going to be defensive.”
The building between Scoops and Affordable Used Appliances, at 115 West Heron Street, was empty at the time of the fire, which was reported just after 2:30 am Saturday morning. No injuries were reported, although Hubbard said that there was one unsecured door on the side of the building.
Crews were on scene with ladder trucks blasting water into the second floor and making sure the fire was contained to the single building for most of Saturday morning. Most recently the building has been home to Revival of Grays Harbor who reported they had moved out, and C&C Motorsports did not return calls for comment.
The department said in a press release later Saturday that the building and its contents, valued at an estimated $240,000, was a total loss. There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
24 Personnel who responded on 5 Engines, 1 Ladder truck, 1 Command Vehicle, 4 Ambulances, as well as the Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief worked for over 6 hours to control the fire. Assistance was also provided by the Hoquiam Fire Department and Grays Harbor Fire District 2.