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Fire Destroys Abandoned Building In Toppenish

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TOPPENISH--Fire rips through an abandoned building, causing extensive damage.  Firefighters were called to the fire at 401 S. Toppenish Ave. just after 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Both floors were on fire by the time firefighters arrived.  They quickly realized they had to take a defensive approach to fighting the blaze.

"We recognized that we were gonna have the possibility of a collapse right away from some walls so we opted not to enter the building," Toppenish Fire Captain Tim Smith said.

This is the second fire here since August.   The debris closed one block of S. Toppenish Ave.  The road should be reopened by Thursday.

No one was injured.

The fire department says this is arson, and they are investigating.