Fires at two commercial buildings cause extensive damage

YAKIMA, Wash. — Fires at two commercial buildings caused extensive damage Tuesday morning, according to the Yakima Fire Department.

The two fires were about a quarter-mile apart and were reported within minutes of each other. Both remain under investigation, officials said.

Firefighters responding at 4:25 a.m. to a report of fire in the 1500 block of South First Street found heavy black smoke pouring from the attached garage.

They quickly forced their way into the building and extinguished the fire, according to a news release issued by the fire department.

The department set a preliminary estimate of damage to the building and its contents at $80,000.

Some firefighters assigned to that incident were sent to another fire reported at 4:33 a.m. in the 700 block of East Nob Hill Boulevard, officials said.

Heavy smoke was pouring from the small commercial building, according to a second news release from the fire department.

A Union Gap Fire Department crew quickly attacked the fire, which was knocked down with the help of other firefighters.

The damage was estimated at $300,000.

Assisting agencies were the East Valley, Yakima Training Center and Union Gap fire departments, along with the Yakima Police Department.

East and West Valley crews, while covering city fire stations for Yakima, responded to medical emergency calls, officials said.

via Yakima Herald Republic | Back-to-back Yakima commercial blazes rack up big losses.

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