Small morning fire damages Front Street business

January 12, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

A small fire charred the inside of El Abuelo, 147 Front St. N., a small Mexican grocery and convenience store, just before 3 a.m. Jan. 11.No one was injured.

Passing on-duty Issaquah Police Sgt. Kevin Nash and Officer Nathan Lane were patrolling the area when Nash smelled smoke and Lane saw smoke coming through the door of the building, said Rana Hoover, a records and calls manager for the department.

The officers called for backup and then called fire services at 2:48 a.m., said Josie Williams, a spokeswoman for Eastside Fire & Rescue.

“IPD had officers block off the area,” Williams said. “They did a really good job calling it in really quickly and getting us in there, so there was as little damage as possible.”

Police closed Front Street from Sunset Way to Northeast Dogwood Street.

EFR responded to the scene with three engines, an aid car and an air unit, Williams said.

By the time they arrived at the building, though, there was so little oxygen that the fire had pretty much gone out by itself, she said.

Officials are uncertain of how long the fire had been burning, but the business was pretty charred and there was a lot of smoke damage, she added.

In addition, Troy Salon, 149 Front St. N., also suffered considerable water damage, she said.

The estimated damage to the two stores, nor the cause of the fire, were known prior to The Press’ deadline.

Police reopened Front Street North at about 5:30 a.m., she said — just in time for the morning commute.

Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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