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Everett appliance store may collapse onto road after massive fire, investigators warn


On Saturday, fire crews were back on scene after responding to a massive fire at an Everett appliance store Friday evening. (Photo: KOMO News)
On Saturday, fire crews were back on scene after responding to a massive fire at an Everett appliance store Friday evening. (Photo: KOMO News)
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EVERETT – On Saturday, fire crews were back on scene after responding to a massive fire at an Everett appliance store Friday evening.

“The worry is the walls have been under fire and all the structural connections are gone, so we don’t want to open the road if there’s any chance of the wall falling down,” said Steve Goforth, spokesperson for the Everett Fire Department.

Goforth said nearly 70 firefighters responded to the 3-alarm fire Friday evening.

Crews were forced to stop battling the flames from inside the store after reports of the walls caving in.

“Command made the great decision to withdraw all the firefighters and it wasn’t long after that we had a partial collapse,” Goforth said.

It’s that same fear that has officials keeping nearby roads closed during the investigation.

“The structure, until it comes down, is still going to be a danger because there are walls that are up that are not being supported,” Goforth said.

The 3000 block of Hewitt Avenue and Maple Street, between Hewitt Avenue and California Street, will remain closed.

Goforth said investigators still don’t know what caused the fire at the two-story appliance store, but have ruled out it started as a dumpster fire, as initially reported.

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Officials say there were no reported injuries from the fire.

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