[UPDATE 2:37 a.m.] 3 Alarm Fire at the Eureka Waterfront
At approximately 12 a.m., a fire was reported at 12 West Waterfront. The business shows up on Google as “Arctic Ice Co.” The fire appears to have started inside the business. Firefighters were unable to access the building.
At 12:10 a.m., a 2nd alarm was sent out for the fire. At 12:20 a.m., scanner traffic said that part of the building had collapsed with flames coming through the roof. The fire commander has requested the fire boat from Humboldt Bay to help battle the fire. At 12:20 a 3rd alarm was sent out to battle the fire.
At 12:35 a.m., Fire Command requested Eureka Police for crowd control as some businesses customers had apparently gathered to look at the fire. One person from the crowd was arrested by Eureka Police.
As of 12:55 a.m. according to scanner traffic, the Fire Boat will be on scene in 10 minutes.
Arcata Fire and Fortuna Fire Departments are coming in to Eureka to cover the city.
UPDATE 1:20 a.m.:UPDATE 1:26 a.m.: The fire boat is on scene hosing the buildings from the Bay.
UPDATE 1:33 a.m.: A rowdy crowd is gathered at the scene.
UPDATE 1:35 a.m.: Our reporter Oliver Cory who is on the scene witnessed one wall collapse. People in the crowd reported seeing other walls crumpling.
UPDATE 1:42 a.m.: The smoke from the fire has grown very black.
Below is an embedded map to help readers understand where the fire is located.
UPDATE 2 a.m.: Here’s another angle on the fire.UPDATE 2:20 a.m.: This building was used by Eureka Ice and Storage until about eight years ago when it was closed because expensive repairs were needed. Then Artic Ice began operating. (See here for more information on the ice businesses that occupied the spot.)
UPDATE 2:37 a.m.: Because of how large this fire is, all Humboldt Bay personnel were requested to respond.
UPDATE 11:49 a.m.: Three Alarm Fire in Eureka Last Night Under Investigation (Photos of the interior prior to last night’s firestorm included.)