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Downtown Arlington business destroyed by fire


Christopher Andersson

The inside of the downtown Arlington thrift store Two Bits & More after a fire partially collapsed part of the back of the building on Oct. 24.

A fire broke out on Oct. 24 around 7 p.m. in downtown Arlington at the Two Bits & More store.

The store is one of the original downtown buildings and currently sits with a partially collapsed roof and the interior mostly destroyed.

The building was constructed in the late 1800s or early 1900s. At one time it was a theater for the downtown area.

The fire was held to a single building, according to Arlington communications manager Kristin Banfield.

Arlington officials were notified at 7:14 p.m. of the fire and the police department was on the scene in under a minute while fire department officials were on scene in less than two minutes.

The fire was raised to a two alarm shortly after.

The back of the building was partially collapsed so Arlington pulled all of their crews out to fight the fire and also received assistance from Fire District 21 (Arlington Rural), 22 (Getchell), 25 (Oso), North County Regional Fire Authority, the Marysville Fire District and the Lake Stevens Fire Department.

Around 50 firefighters in total were on the scene at the fire's peak.

The building had been remodeled a number of times over the years, which increased the challenge for the firefighters, according to Banfield.

Christopher Andersson

Onlookers gather on Olympic Avenue to look at downtown Arlington thrift store Two Bits & More

"Our new fire apparatus (fire engine and ladder truck), along with the second ladder truck from Marysville and the other apparatus on scene, were essential to keeping this fire contained to the single building," said Banfield.

Around 10 to 15 residents were displaced during the fire. The Snohomish County chapter of the Red Cross served 12 people and helped give four shelter and provide two people with lodging.

Olympic Avenue was reopened to traffic the following morning around 10:30 a.m.

The Snohomish County Fire Marshal's office was on the scene the night of to start their investigation and continued their investigation early the next morning as well.

They plan to report later on cause and manner of the fire as well as estimated dollar loss.


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