‘Suspicious’ Commercial Structure Fire in Arcata

Arcata FireThe Arcata Fire Protection District responded to a commercial structure fire at Alliance and Spear at around 1 a.m. on Saturday morning. Scanner Traffic indicated Arcata Fire was being assisted at the scene by Humboldt Bay Fire and Blue Lake Fire. The Arcata Police Department was also on scene. The intersection is closed at the moment. We will update when we have more information. More photos coming soon.

UPDATE 3:47 a.m.: Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 3.31.03 AM

Screenshot of the location where the fire occurred from Google Maps.

Arcata Fire Battalion Chief Sean Campbell said, “We were dispatched to a structure fire at about 1:12 this morning.”

Campbell said the first engine to arrive on scene found “Alliance Market was 100 percent involved.”

“The fire’s suspicious in nature,” Campbell said.

Arcata Fire is investigating the scene with the help of the Arcata Police Department. Fieldbrook Fire, Humboldt Bay Fire, Cal Fire and Samoa Peninsula Fire responded to assist with the fire. Campbell said no injuries have been reported, but Mad River Ambulance is on scene as a precaution.

Campbell said, “I’m just thankful that we didn’t have any injuries.”

Additionally, Campbell said some resources had to leave the scene to respond to a single vehicle injury traffic collision at about 2 a.m.

Photos will be posted within the next hour.

UPDATE 4:44 a.m.:  More photos!DSC_0656Arcata Fire sprays a commercial structure fire. This reporter could feel the heat of the fire from across the street.

DSC_0806People line the sidewalk to watch the fire.

DSC_0716A firefighter sits on the ground while dousing the fire with a fire hose.

DSC_0823Witnesses said they could see the building collapsing in on itself.



UPDATE 6:30 a.m.: Suspect in Custody From Early Morning Fire

UPDATE 2:04 p.m.: Another photo of the building.

A firefighter looks over the damage from Saturday's alleged arson fire.

A firefighter looks over the damage from Saturday’s alleged arson fire.



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