Lewiston Fire Department
LEWISTON – At 6:41 a.m. this morning fire crews were dispatched to a building on fire at 1511 6th Ave. Lewiston Police were the first to arrive and found fire coming from multiple windows on several sides of an unoccupied building.
The first engine arrived 3 minutes after dispatch and quickly made the decision due to the conditions of the fire and the building to not send anyone inside and to fight the fire defensively, which is fighting the fire with large hose lines
from the outside of the building.
Crews did attempt to make entry into the structure to search for people, but due to the fire conditions, they
quickly determined this was not feasible. The fire was brought under control around 7:50 am, but crews will
remain on the scene for several hours putting out hot spots and investigating the cause of the fire.
Police and fire crews had been to the structure around 1:49 a.m. this morning for an unwanted person and officers
found a couple of small fires in the building that were reportedly being used for light. The fires were extinguished, burned materials were removed from the building and the person was told they were not allowed back into the building.
The cause of the fire is being considered suspicious at this time and both Lewiston Fire and Police are conducting the investigation.
The initial fire response included 16 Lewiston fire personnel, along with 6 personnel from Clarkston and Clearwater Paper Fire Departments as part of the valley auto aid agreement. 3 chief officers and 2 fire investigators also responded to the scene to assist and off duty personnel were called back to the stations to cover
Avista Utilities responded and disconnected both power and gas to the structure. There were no injuries reported
and the building is a total loss.