Commercial Structure Fire

City of Olympia
Date of Release: April 01, 2019

Mike Buchanan
Assistant Chief

Commercial Structure Fire

Commercial Structure fire – Courtside Apartments

Olympia Firefighters responded to a commercial structure fire at the 600 block of Courtside Street SW at 1:38 a.m., Monday morning, April 1, 2019.  The fire was originally dispatched as a fire alarm activation. Shortly after dispatch, a resident reported to 911 that there was smoke coming out of an apartment window. This report added more fire resources to the incident. The first engine arrived six minutes later to find a two story apartment building with smoke coming out of the first floor apartment. Crews entered the apartment and quickly extinguished the fire. All occupants were able to evacuate the building prior to the fire department’s arrival, no injuries reported. Fire crews reported that the fire was fully extinguished at 1:58 a.m.

The fire began inside the entry way of the apartment. It appears that ashes from smoking materials ignited items stored within a box. The building’s fire alarm alerted the occupants and they were able to exit their apartment. Occupants then attempted to extinguish the fire from outside of the apartment using a fire extinguisher. The fire was confined to the room of origin, property damage is estimated to be $30,000 to the building and an additional $10,000 to the contents. This incident displaced the occupants of the fire apartment, while the three other apartments were cleared to reoccupy.

Olympia Fire Department responded with four engines, one ladder truck, two medic units and a command unit. Mutual aid included one engine from McLane/ Black Lake Fire Department and one ladder truck and command unit from Lacey Fire District 3. The Lacey units were cancelled shortly after their arrival.