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A vacant unit at Track 29 catches fire, cigarette may be the cause

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YAKIMA, Wash.- A vacant unit at the historical Track 29 shopping mall catches fire Thursday morning.

Firefighters say they are still investigating the cause but say one suspicion is an unattended cigarette. Employees from nearby businesses say this is a problem on the boardwalk and after seeing the fire, they are taking action and putting up signs that read, "No Smoking on the Boardwalk."

"Just tremendously scary when you think that one cigarette could cause this much damage and I mean were all concerned down here these are old buildings," said Mary McDaniels, who works nearby.

The buildings are also historical. Firefighters say they could not find any evidence of a cigarette but say it is a likely cause. They are investigating other options, but in the meantime, want people to be weary of putting out their cigarettes. Nearby employees say they will be reminding smokers to be careful.

"You see cigarettes all over the place, in the planters and in many things and its very disrespectful, if you want to smoke, smoke but at least put your cigarettes in the proper place," said McDaniels.

The total damage for the fire at Track 29 is around $90,000.   

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