Oct 12, 2016

EPD Officer Cory Crinch was near 2nd and A when he saw smoke pouring out of vents

About an hour ago, Humboldt Bay Fire responded to a fire near Second and A. City of Eureka Public Works, Humboldt Bay Fire and EPD Officer Cory Crinch still on scene when I arrived around 9:45 a.m.

EPD Officer Cory Crinch was near 2nd and A when he saw smoke pouring out of vents. He got a call out tobHumboldt Bay Fire and he walked around the property, he saw a "transient male exiting the building. He seemed to be okay, not in need of medical attenton. He was detained "

Officer Crinch called out to make sure no one else was in the building. Two transient males and,transient females who were sleeping inside, came out. None of them could give an explaination to why the fire started.

There were no injuries. City of Eureja is coming back to board up parts of the building that were left open.

The building is owned by North Coast Railroad.

Humboldt Bay Fire Press Release:

On October 12, at approximately 8:42 AM Humboldt Bay Fire responded to a
commercial structure fire at Second and A Streets with two engines, one ladder
truck, a squad, and two chief officers. The first arriving units found moderate
smoke coming from the roof and rear doorway of an approximately 50’ x
40’vacant rail yard building at the location. Eureka police officers were on scene
prior to fire personnel arrival and had escorted three persons out of the building.
Though the building is boarded up and not currently in use, it appeared to be
occupied by transients.
Crews attacked the fire, consisting of burning trash, furniture, and other debris,
controlling it within 15 minutes. Crews ventilated the building to remove smoke.
While fire attack was performed a separate crew conducted a thorough search to
confirm no other persons were inside.
No firefighter injuries were reported. The fire cause is considered incendiary.
During the course of fire investigation six separate fire sets were located within
the building. Humboldt Bay Fire has responded to and extinguished five
separate fires within this building during the past year.
Humboldt Bay Fire reminds our community to make sure to keep buildings
secure. Be watchful for unauthorized entry into buildings or activity around them
Community-member vigilance in this regard is very helpful to reduce the
likelihood of fire and criminal activity within our communities’ vacant buildings.

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