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Stanwood, Washington – Art Gallery Fire Likely Caused by Kiln

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Posted on July 18, 2019

Stanwood, Washington(July 16, 2019) – A century-old building on the 9915 block of 270th Street Northwest was damaged by a fire on Tuesday night. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the incident. While the affected building housed an art gallery, none of the art was damaged as firefighters prevented the spread of flames into other rooms.

The fire broke out around 10 p.m. The residents were able to safely escape and quickly called 911. While the blaze was a cause for alarm, with flames reaching 60 feet, fire crews were able to knock down the fire quickly. Fire investigators are still looking into the cause of the blaze, but the likely cause was said to be pottery kiln that was loaded earlier in the day.

About Fire

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, old 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.