One Building Destroyed In Soap Lake Fire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: One Building Destroyed, Two Businesses Damaged In Soap Lake Fire

PRESS RELEASE: Grant County firefighters averted serious disaster this morning, saving part of Soap Lake's downtown business district during a fire in a business storefront.

Around 7:30 a.m. today, firefighters were dispatched to the 300 block of Main Avenue East, along one of Soap Lake's main thoroughfares. The occupant of an apartment in the rear of the burning building called 9-1-1 to report smoke coming from the front of the building. The fire was also reported by Soap Lake Police Chief Jim Dorris who saw the smoke while on routine patrol.

Arriving Soap Lake firefighters found the storefront business fully ablaze, with flames showing through the front windows and the roof. Additional help was summoned from the Ephrata Fire Department and Grant County districts 7 and 13. Around 25 firefighters helped douse the blaze. The fire was declared under control around 8:30 a.m.

The burning building housed a Christian-based youth outreach organization (we are not yet certain on the official name of this group). That building and its contents was destroyed by the fire and the roof collapsed during the firefight. That building is owned by Ted Kallstrom of Quincy.

Two attached-adjoining businesses suffered heat, smoke, water and fire damage, but were saved by the efforts of the firefighters: Sacred Road Tattoo and Piercing operated by Kyle Lawter, and a storefront owned by Wayne Nyce used for antiques storage. Were it not for the teamwork, skills and efforts of local firefighters, the entire block may have been destroyed.

Fire investigators from the Grant County Sheriff's Office will now search for the cause of the fire. A total value of loss and damage has not yet been established.

There were no injuries.

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SOAP LAKE, Wash. - A three-alarm fire destroyed a building in downtown Soap Lake Thursday morning. It broke out around 7:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Main Ave. East, according to Grant Co. Public Information Officer Kyle Foreman. 

The fire is believed to have started in a building that housed a Christian youth outreach group. It was destroyed, while two adjacent businesses - an antique shop and a tattoo parlor - were both damaged. The tattoo parlor - Sacred Road Tattoo & Piercing - sustained heavy fire and smoke damage, while the antique shop sustained heavy smoke damage.

Fire crews from Soap Lake, Fire District 7 and Ephrata all battled the fire.    

No injuries are reported and there was no immediate word on a cause.

 

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