Stores evacuated due to smoke alarm; no fire detected

June 16, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 12:10 p.m. June 16, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Issaquah Police Department crews responded to the Issaquah Commons shopping center Thursday morning after a smoke alarm sounded, prompting evacuations of several stores.

Though the alarm sounded, nobody reported smelling smoke or seeing flames, EFR spokeswoman Josie Williams said. The evacuated stores include some of the busiest at the popular shopping destination, such as Target.

Police responded to the Issaquah Commons for crowd control. The evacuation remained in effect at noon.

The investigation into the reason behind the alarm sounded remains under investigation. The fire and police response raised concerns among shoppers and passers-by.

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