Morning fire is mostly smoke

Cascadia Pizza suffered bad smoke damage last Wednesday.

Where there’s smoke there’s – well, even more smoke. That’s the prime takeaway from a fire call at one of Enumclaw’s busiest intersections.

Flashing lights and emergency vehicles dominated the corner of Griffin Avenue and Porter Street the morning of June 19 after smoke filled a commercial building occupied by Buds and Blooms florist and Cascadia Pizza.

According to Enumclaw Fire Department Chief Randy Fehr, things could have been worse. “There was a lot of surface burning,” he said, but the structure was left intact.

Fehr said his department was alerted when a Buds and Blooms employee arrived for work, opened the door and was greeted by thick smoke. Firefighters were alerted at 8 a.m. and were soon joined by crews from the Buckley and Mountain View fire departments.

Without any flames to douse, the situation was quickly controlled and an examination of the scene was conducted. There were no signs of foul play and authorities ruled out an electrical cause.

Fehr said early indications are that the culprit was oil-soaked rags that generated their own heat and eventually combusted.

The result, he said, was a “low-intensity, smoldering-type fire.”

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