Commercial Structure Fire

City of Olympia
Date of Release: September 10, 2018

Mike Buchanan
Assistant Chief

Commercial Structure Fire

Olympia Firefighters responded to a commercial structure fire at 1067 Cherry Street SE at 3:02 pm, Saturday afternoon, September 8th, 2018.  The first engine arrived six minutes later to find a three story apartment building with flames from a second floor apartment extending to the third floor unit above. The building was occupied at the time of the fire and occupants were being evacuated by other residents on the arrival of the fire department. All residents were safely evacuated and none required medical aid. This building did not have a fire alarm system or sprinkler system.

The heaviest fire damage was in one unit on the second floor, fire damage continued to the third floor unit directly over the fire room and extended to the roof. Significant water damage occurred to three units and there was minor water damage to two more. The buildings electrical has been disabled until it is determined that the remainder of the electrical system is safe. Initial property damage estimated to be approximately $400,000.

Olympia Fire Department (OFD) fire investigator is on scene. The building housed 16 apartments and there is potential that all residents may need to find another place to shelter. OFD will work in conjunction with Red Cross to assist any displaced occupants.

Olympia Fire Department responded with 4 engines, 1 ladder truck, 2 medic units, and a command unit. Lacey Fire District 3 responded to the first alarm with 1 engine, 1 ladder truck and a command unit. OFD’s Incident Commander requested a second alarm summoning Tumwater Fire Department, South Bay Fire District 8, Mclane/Black Lake who each sent an engine. The second alarm resources were cancelled shortly after their arrival.