Mar 26, 2017

Firefighters expect to be at 3rd and R commercial structure fire location for another 4 to 5 hours

Humboldt Bay Fire is on scene of a working structure fire near 3rd and R Streets in Eureka near Samoa Bridge. Arcata Fire District assisting.

No official location reported yet.

According to a KIEM live report, the larger warehouse was completely engulfed in flames and spread to a smaller warehouse. Firefighters expect to be at the location for 4-5 hours.

Press Release (update):

At 8:55 this evening four units from Humboldt Bay Fire responded to a reported structure fire at 3rd and R Streets in Eureka. Upon arrival, fire personnel found heavy smokecoming from a warehouse at 211 R Street (just east of Hwy 255 between 2nd and 3rd Streets). Based upon the volume of fire and potential spread to two adjacent buildings, a “commercial second alarm” was requested, bringing the last remaining Humboldt BayFire engine and mutual aid crews from Arcata to assist. Because access to the fire was directly off of R Street, the northbound lane of Hwy 255 was closed at 4th Street for the duration of the incident.
Crews attacked the fire and searched the buildings for victims, with none being located.
Fortunately the fire was contained in 20 minutes to an approximately 1,500 square feet storage building, with only minor fire damage to an attached 5,000 square feet warehouse which contained crab pots and related fishing gear. In addition, an ice cream storage and distributor business located directly behind the fire building was not damaged by the fire.
Full fire extinguishment was achieved in approximately two hours.
The involved fire building was completely destroyed by the fire, with an estimated loss of $50,000. The fire cause is under investigation at this time.

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