A large fire in the Harbor Saw and Supply store this afternoon has closed Simpson Avenue and surrounding roads. Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said in a press release this afternoon, Hoquiam and Aberdeen Fire are on the scene of a fully engulfed commercial structure fire at Harbor Saw located in the 3100 block of Simpson Avenue.

Initial reports indicate that the fire started in the small engine equipment shop and then quickly spread to the rest of the building. All of the employees were able to evacuate.

This was a live stream posted to our Facebook page until my phone died. I am recharging and will be back on the scene shortly.

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Currently, Simpson Avenue is closed and there is a detour in place. Smoke from the fire can be seen for several miles and citizens urge to stay out of the area so the fire department can work without interference.

At this point, the fire department has to take a defensive stance as it appears the fire has spread throughout the entire building. Small explosions can be heard from the back of building likely from fuel canisters, fuel tanks, small engines and other flammables triggered by the fire.