Causes unknown for 2 commercial building fires minutes apart

Causes unknown for 2 commercial building fires minutes apart
A Tuesday morning fire damaged a business in the 700 block of East Nob Hill Boulevard in Yakima. It was one of two commercial fires early Tuesday morning.

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Two fires in Yakima caused substantial damage at businesses early Tuesday morning. The calls came in less than ten minutes apart. Investigators haven't determined what caused either of them.

According to a Yakima Fire Department news release, the first call came in at 4:24 when crews responded to a fire at the 1500 block of South First Street. Firefighters noticed heavy, black smoke coming from the south end of the building. Crews put the fire out quickly.

The building was being used as storage space for Bemis Appliance. Damage is estimated at $80,000 with a lot of it to an interior garage and storage area. Nobody was hurt.

That quick work made it possible for some of the firefighters to be release to help with a second fire nearby. The call came in nine minutes later at 4:33 to Audio King, a small commercial building at the 700 block of East Nob Hill Blvd. Union Gap teams were on the scene first with East Valley Fire & Rescue as well as the Training Center Fire Department because Yakima units were occupied with the first fire.

Damage to the building on Nob Hill is estimated at $300,000 with no injuries reported. Investigators aren't ruling out anything when it comes to a cause for either fire.

Firefighters from East Valley and West Valley were covering parts of Yakima while these two fires occupied other units. Crews from these agencies responded to two medical emergencies in Yakima during that time.