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Cause of Friday Afternoon Fire in Moscow Still Under Investigation

Photo credit: Moscow Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Facebook Page

MOSCOW – On January 6, 2023, at approximately 4:30pm, the Moscow Volunteer Fire & Ambulance along with mutual aid partners Pullman Fire Department, Potlatch Fire & Ambulance, Genesee Fire Department, and the City of Moscow Police Department were dispatched by Whitcom 911 to a reported structure fire in the 200 block of 2nd Street. First arriving emergency personnel reported heavy fire and smoke conditions in the rear of a 2-story residential converted to commercial office building that was threatening two other structures. Fire Department personnel began fire suppression efforts upon arrival.


The main fire area was confined to the 1st floor rear addition area and kitchen and also the 2nd floor rear of the building in an apartment area. The floor in this area was partially collapsed as well as the roof in the same general area.

Once the fire department extinguished the fire the Moscow Fire Department Fire Marshal initiated the fire investigation into the origin and cause of the fire. At this time the fire is still under investigation, however the fire does not seem to be suspicious in nature at this time. Further investigation will continue.

No injuries were reported. No occupants were in the building at the time of the fire.

The fire department remained on scene for over five hours.

Story Contact: Brian R. Nickerson, Fire Chief
Phone: 208-882-2831
Email: [email protected]


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