UPDATE: Estimated $13M Loss In Pullman Apartment Fire - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share

UPDATE: Estimated $13M Loss In Pullman Apartment Fire

Posted: Updated:
PULLMAN, Wash. -

The three-alarm fire in Pullman destroyed four apartment buildings and a club house that would have been worth about $13 million when completed this summer.
    
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/12tOOuB ) the fire early Sunday destroyed 88 units at the Grove complex, where many residents are Washington State University students. The fire also destroyed three pieces of construction equipment and damaged a dozen more.
    
Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston says investigators are using an arson dog. An investigator from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also is involved.
    
Pullman mayor and fire department spokesman Glenn Johnson says officials do not believe the fire is related to four unsolved arsons in the spring of last year at Washington State University.

PREVIOUS STORY:

A massive three-alarm blaze woke up several Washington State University students early Sunday morning, when the fire was burning dangerously close to their own complex.

"We were looking at the flames, and we thought it was going to spread," WSU senior Ashley Weyerts told KHQ's Kelsey Watts.

Weyerts and her roommate, WSU sophomore Jessica Johnson, initially heard yelling just after 3:00 a.m. Sunday, then heard someone yell ‘fire.'

"I went to my bedroom window and looked out, and I was expecting just some smoke or a little fire, and instead, saw this huge wall of flames," Weyerts added.

While Johnson called 911, the two helped knock on doors to evacuate fellow residents, then packed their belongings into their cars to get away from the fast-moving fire.

"The scariest part was when we heard the explosions, and that's probably when we really thought for about 5 minutes there, it's really going to spread," Weyerts said.

The explosions came from the propane tanks on the construction site and the gas tanks of the equipment left on scene. The fire burned so hot and fast, it even melted the siding on a building in their complex down to the wood.

"I just don't understand why someone would want to do so much damage, I mean this is affecting hundreds of peoples lives," Johnson told KHQ.

Amazingly, nobody was hurt.

Fire investigators are calling the blaze suspicious, and an active investigation is underway.

  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Bouncer Shot In Leg At Lion's Lair Bar, Police Looking For Suspects

    Bouncer Shot In Leg At Lion's Lair Bar, Police Looking For Suspects

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:38:31 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - We now know the identity of the man who was working as a bouncer at the Lion's Lair Bar when he was shot in the leg just before 2am Thursday morning after throwing two people out of the bar. His name is Todd Stone and he has posted a comment about the incident on his Facebook page. Police are currently looking for two suspects who fled the scene.More >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - We now know the identity of the man who was working as a bouncer at the Lion's Lair Bar when he was shot in the leg just before 2am Thursday morning after throwing two people out of the bar. His name is Todd Stone and he has posted a comment about the incident on his Facebook page. Police are currently looking for two suspects who fled the scene.
    More >>
  • UPDATE: Stabbing Suspect Appears In Court Thursday On Multiple Charges

    UPDATE: Stabbing Suspect Appears In Court Thursday On Multiple Charges

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:35:17 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police responded to the 1300 block of W. Boone on Wednesday afternoon for a report of a stabbing. Police say the victim was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries after being stabbed in the neck and chest. 23-year-old Richie L. Attwood has been arrested in connection to this stabbing.
    More >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police responded to the 1300 block of W. Boone on Wednesday afternoon for a report of a stabbing. Police say the victim was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries after being stabbed in the neck and chest. 23-year-old Richie L. Attwood has been arrested in connection to this stabbing.
    More >>
  • Throwback Thursday: Who Remembers The NFL Draft From 1993? It Was A Big Year For WSU's Drew Bledsoe!

    Throwback Thursday: Who Remembers The NFL Draft From 1993? It Was A Big Year For WSU's Drew Bledsoe!

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:19:18 GMT
    KHQ.COM - With this being "Cougar Week" in Spokane and the NFL Draft coming up, this week's TBT video clip looks back at the 1993 NFL Draft when WSU's Drew Bledsoe was the #1 pick by the New England Patriots.More >>
    KHQ.COM - With this being "Cougar Week" in Spokane and the NFL Draft coming up, this week's TBT video clip looks back at the 1993 NFL Draft when WSU's Drew Bledsoe was the #1 pick by the New England Patriots.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.