Commercial Structure Fire

City of Olympia
Date of Release: November 25, 2018

Mike Buchanan
Assistant Chief

Commercial Structure Fire

Olympia Firefighters responded to a fire alarm activation at the 2300 block of 9th Ave SW (Cambridge Court Apartments) at 5:50 pm, Sunday evening, November 25, 2018.  The first engine arrived six minutes later to find a two story apartment building with no visible fire showing. Upon closer investigation the engine company noticed smoke coming from around the door of a second floor unit, the fire unit. The engine company requested a first alarm response for additional personnel and equipment and forced entry into the apartment to extinguish the fire.

The fire crew found a stove top fire that extended to the kitchen cabinets and ceiling. Due to the quick action of the fire crews the damage was limited to the kitchen. The apartment was unoccupied at the time of the fire, no injuries resulted. The building had an automatic fire alarm which operated effectively, the building does not have a fire sprinkler system.

The cause of the fire is believed to be the result of an unattended cooking pan being left on the stove. The fire damage is estimated to be $50,000. The affected apartment unit will not be able to be occupied, the three occupants have plans to spend the night with friends. The other seven units within the building are not damaged and the occupants of the unaffected units can remain in their homes.

Olympia Fire Department responded with four engines, one ladder truck, two medic units and a command unit. McLane / Black Lake FD responded with one engine. Lacey Fire District 3 responded with one ladder truck and one command unit, but was released prior to arriving on scene.