Commercial Structure Fire

City of Olympia
Date of Release: November 28, 2018

Mike Buchanan
Assistant Chief

Commercial Structure Fire

Auto Repair Shop Fire

Olympia Firefighters responded to a commercial structure fire at the 2800 block of Harrison Ave. NW (Firestone Complete Auto Care) at 3:07 am, Wednesday morning, November 28, 2018.  The fire was called in by citizens noticing smoke in the area. The first engine arrived five minutes later to find a working fire inside of a medium one story auto repair shop. Fire crews extended hose lines and forced entry to extinguish the fire.

The fire appears to have originated in the storage area in the rear of the building. The fire extended to a tall storage rack of tires.  Due to the quick actions of the fire crews, the fire damage was limited only to the storage areas. The office and the auto repair bays were not affected by fire. The building was not occupied at the time of the incident and no injuries resulted. The building does not have a fire alarm or a fire sprinkler system.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Olympia Fire Department (OFD) Investigators are on scene working to determine the origin and cause. The Washington State Department of Ecology and Olympia Public Works responded to the scene to evaluate and minimize the impacts of petroleum runoff caused from the firefighting efforts. OFD has attempted to contact the building/ business owner, but at the time of this release has yet to make contact. The fire damage is estimated to be $350,000.

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 from the scene shortly after their arrival.