SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- Fire forced the Goodwill store in Sunnyside to close. The fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. Thursday at the store on E. Lincoln Avenue.
Officials told KIMA the fire started near a large dumpster on the side of the building before spreading to the store's break room.
"They were actually going to break the glass to get in," said Anthony Anthony Esparza, the first employee to arrive. "I let them know who I was and gave them my key to open up the back."
The store's manager said fire itself did not damage merchandise, but nearly every item was effected by smoke.
"In my experience, smoke damage can cause a lot (of damage)," said Director of Retail Operations for Goodwill Joy Murphy. "You lose a lot of product."
A restoration company was called to launder the clothing and clean the store.
The store is closed for now, but they plan to reopen Tuesday. The donation drop-off at the back of the store is still open. Goodwill says they are always in need of donations, but need them now especially.
Fire investigators would not rule out suspicious activity but said they were still in the early stages of their investigation. They say it was likely started by a person. There was no surveillance video on the building.