'It's a very sad day for Aberdeen:' Fire erupts at historic armory
ABERDEEN, Wash. -- Video shows a three-alarm fire ripping through the historic Aberdeen Armory on Saturday morning.
The Armory is at the corner of North I Street and East Third. It is home to the Museum of History, a senior center and a social services hub.
When people had a problem, this is where they'd come for help. This is where they'd also come to celebrate.
Either way, there were a lot of memories in this building and a lot of irreplaceable things.
Neighbors saw flames shooting 15 to 20 feet from the back wall and plumes of billowing black smoke.
David Morris was on his way to work Saturday when he got word of the fire burning at the Armory.
"There's a lot here and it's going to affect a lot of people. We're all very sad right now," Morris said, who is the Museum of History's director and curator.
Jennifer Lundberg's mother painted a Kurt Cobain mural for the museum to commemorate his 50th birthday.
"It was Kurt Cobain and it really means a lot because he's from here. It's just beautiful art," Lundberg said.
"We've got international visitors because of Kurt Cobain. It's just a big shock for all of us," Morris said.
The Armory is also home to a senior center and Coastal Community Action Program, a hub for social services.
"It's all gone right now...all of our files," said Craig Dublanko, executive director of Coastal Community Action Program for Pacific-Grays Harbor counties.
Crews are still at the location Saturday afternoon keeping an eye on hot spots. It'll be awhile before firefighters can say what started the fire.
The good news is that no one was inside the building when the fire broke out and no one was hurt.
"It's a very sad day for Aberdeen but we are going to try and pull through," Morris said.