A three-alarm fire destroyed a significant portion of a commercial building at the Columbia Business Park May 16. Located at 13427 NE 20th St., in North Bellevue, nine businesses were believed to be affected, with several suffering major damage by fire and smoke. Several calls were made by area businesses reporting fire coming from the building's windows.
At approximately 9:22 p.m., Bellevue Fire units were dispatched; Engine 6 arrived within three minutes from time of dispatch and began a fire attack from the exterior of the building, declaring a defensive stand.
The fire was upgraded twice, resulting ultimately in a three-alarm fire response. A total of 21 units from Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland and Mercer Island responded to the fire.
During the defensive stand, Bellevue's truck companies, Lighforce 3 and 7, were able to cut several strategic holes in the structure's roof to stop the spread of fire to the rest of the building. Working cooperatively with hose streams from the engine companies below, they were able to limit fire spread to approximately one half of the building.
Preliminary damage estimates are around $1 million. The building was not equipped with fire protection systems. Following an investigation, Fire Department officials say the cause of the blaze is undetermined.
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