Bellingham, Washington – Three-Alarm Fire in Fish Store and Music ShopRequest Free Consultation
Bellingham, Washington (July 17, 2019) – A fire alarm broke out in a fish store on the 1362 block of Railroad Avenue on Wednesday evening. The fire reached three-alarm status after it spread to a nearby music shop. Fortunately, no employees were reported to be present during the fire, and no injuries were reported. It is unknown if any of the fish survived the fire.
The fire at Clark Feed and Seed was first reported to Bellingham firefighters around 7:15 p.m. By the time of their arrival, thick smoke could be seen on the first floor. While firefighters attempted to to fight the flames inside, they were forced to a defensive position as conditions became dangerous. The cause of the fire has not been determined. The same block was also damaged by a fire earlier this year in February.
It is fortunate that no one was injured in this particular case, and the firefighters are to be commended for their response. Like any other structure, commercial buildings must be checked for fire safety. Most if not all the steps in fire safety involve securing the area of one’s business or residence. It is also important to make sure that possible combustible materials are discarded properly or at the very least kept away from buildings. They also urge owners of buildings to review fire safety and make sure that an escape plan is formulated in case of fire.
Much like fire safety in other types of buildings, there are different factors which can add or detract the risk of a fire breaking out. The structure and materials that a building is made out of should be assessed for fire safety before construction. It is also advised that all buildings should be equipped with proper fire suppression tools and detection devices such as fire alarms and smoke alarms. Taking these simple steps should help prevent or lessen the risk of fire. Like with all accidents, the effects of fire are dreadful, including property damage and loss as well as injuries or even fatalities. Fire safety is then not only consideration for one’s self, but also consideration for others.