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Fire Rips Through Barn Housing Arcade Games: 'It's A Helpless Feeling'

A huge plume of smoke and steam rose above a barn in northeast Spokane Wednesday morning as a fire ripped through it, destroying Spokane business Bullseye Amusements' arcade games and carnival memorabilia. A huge plume of smoke and steam rose above a barn in northeast Spokane Wednesday morning as a fire ripped through it, destroying Spokane business Bullseye Amusements' arcade games and carnival memorabilia.
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

A huge plume of smoke and steam rose above a barn in northeast Spokane Wednesday morning as a fire ripped through it, destroying Spokane business Bullseye Amusements' arcade games and carnival memorabilia.

"It's a helpless feeling when you get that call," Bullseye Amusements co-founder Dave Winfrey told KHQ's Kelsey Watts.

He could see the plume from the new stretch of freeway in north Spokane as he rushed to the scene of the fire.  Winfrey says the barn was used to store arcade games waiting to be repaired or those repaired and ready to send out to various locations.  At least two were supposed to be sent out the morning of the fire, Winfrey added.  It's not clear how many arcade games were inside the barn when it was gutted.

But it's lucky the fire didn't spread to the neighboring buildings, including other sheds and a house.

"You could see this whole side of town covered in smoke and when I got here I was surprised to see the building still standing," he added. 

Winfrey said, overall, customers of Bullseye Amusements should not notice a problem in the wake of this fire; business will continue as it has for the last 25 years.  However, the few customers that were awaiting repairs or delivery will be impacted as the company works out the details in the wake of the blaze.

"It's still too fresh to really get my head around it completely," he said. 

Neighbors like Joe Anthony also came outside to watch the smoke pour from the building for hours.

"You could see the flames shooting out from the building and firemen squirting it down with water and soot on the road, it's all over the place," Anthony told KHQ's Kelsey Watts.

Spokane County Fire District 9 Assistant Chief Doug Bleeker said early reports indicated a wood furnace was stoked around 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, less than two hours before the fire broke out.  Investigators are working to determine whether the heat source is the official cause.

While firefighters were battling intense heat, they were also fighting frigid temperatures on one of the coldest mornings of the year.  Temperatures in the area Wednesday morning at the time of the fire ranged from roughly 13-20 degrees.

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