Olympia Firefighters responded to a possible structure fire in the 1500 block of Cooper Point Road SW at 4:19 PM this afternoon. The fire was called in by the business and the fire alarm system almost simultaneously. Building occupants of the small financial office in a strip mall complex on the NE corner of Cooper Point Road and Black Lake Boulevard smelled smoke and found fire in the restroom. They quickly discharged a fire extinguisher to some burning material on the floor, shut the door and evacuated.
Firefighters arrived at 4:26 PM entered the restroom and found the ceiling fan had caught fire. The electricity had been shut off when the fire caused the circuit breaker to trip. The fire stopped when the electricity was interrupted. Firefighters removed the fan housing, and sheetrock to check for extension of the fire. No extension was found. The burring material on the floor appeared to be the remnants of the ceiling fan motor. Firefighters assisted in cleaning up the damaged area and blowing smoke out of the building.
Olympia Fire Department responded with 4 engines, 1 ladder truck, 2 medic units, and a command unit. Additional units from Thurston County Fire Districts 3 and 9 responded but they were returned to their own districts as soon as it was clear the fire was out. There were no injuries to firefighters or occupants.
The cause of the fire appears to be electrical within the fan unit. Damage of the structure, is estimated at $1,000.