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Over 70 firefighters respond to Yakima fire

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Yakima, WASH.-- A storage facility fire in Yakima had over 70 firefighters working to put the blazes out.

"Disbelief, just not knowing something like this would actually ever happen," said Dirk Bernd.

Bernd is the son of the man whose business suffered severe damage. Bernd Moving Systems, a Yakima based moving and storage facility, caught on fire around 9 a.m Sunday. The business is located on the 600 block of North 18th Ave.

Deputy Chief Mark Soptich, of the Yakima Fire Department, said "This is a major fire. There was a lot of fire involvement in the building and metal buildings make it inherently tough to get into, but the crews did a good job."

This was a four-alarm fire, which means firefighters were called from several different departments. More than 70 firefighters worked together. Dozens of people watched as they had to tear down the walls. Several people said they suffered a great loss.

"I got a call from my daughter who lives in Arizona to tell me that my things were burning up," said Connie Cross.

Cross stored around 40 boxes of personal household items in the building. She said she hopes not all possessions are lost, especially her collection of baby pictures. Some other people watching were employees or spouses of employees.

Lorie Russell's husband worked at Bernd's for more than a decade.

"I know there's no bodies or people outside," said Russell. "So I know there's nothing to be concerned about in that sense, but it does hit home when you know it's your husbands place of employment."

Several employees cars were parked outside, but firefighters were able to keep the blazes away from the vehicles.

No injuries were reported. A structural engineer was called in to determine if the building is safe enough for inspectors to enter. Once the building has passed a safety inspection, officers can work to determine the cause of the fire.

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