Fire investigators have completed their investigation into the cause of the four alarm fire that occurred in a vacant warehouse earlier this week at 4200 Airport Way South. They determined that the accidental fire was caused by a camp stove in use on the first floor of the building that came in contact with combustible materials. The damage estimate is $150,000 for the cost of some items that were stored in the building. There is no dollar loss for the structure because it is scheduled for demolition.
The fire call came in just after 1:45 p.m. on Monday at the old Sunny Jim Plant. Black smoke was pouring from the second floor of the building when firefighters arrived on scene. Several businesses immediately north of the warehouse were evacuated and lanes of I-5 were shut down for a short time because of heavy smoke.
One firefighter suffered a fractured ankle after a piece of exterior siding collapsed on him. He was treated at Harborview Medical Center and has since been released. There were no other injuries.