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Sequim business fire started in building's attic

May 21st, 2014 - 3:53pm

(Sequim) Investigators have determined the fire that destroyed a building Monday in Sequim ignited somewhere in the structure's attic.

Fire District 3 Public Information Officer Patrick Young says the building is considered a total loss as the roof had a complete collapse betweeen the two businesses -- the Baja Cantina restaurant and the Sequim Consignment Company.

Young says a joint investigation team from both District 3 and Jefferson County Fire started a probe into the blaze yesterday.

Investigators determined it was too dangerous to enter the building because of unstable overhead equipment, such as air conditioners, that made the scene unsafe.

An overhead investigation proceeded, taking pictures and looking into the central causes of the fire.

Young says further investigation will commence next Tuesday after heavy excavators are used to remove some of the dangerous structural members in the building.

Young says the fire district has turned the full investigation over to the insurance companies representing the owners of the building and the 2 businesses.

The structure will have to be rebuilt or refurbished, so the city posted "do not occupy" signs or red tagged the building for safety issues.

The blaze broke out about 1 Monday afternoon. It was discovered by a Fire District 3 aid crew passing by on an unrelated aid call.

Mutual aid was received from Fire District 2 and Port Angeles Fire Department.

Smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles. It took nearly four hours to put the fire out.

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