Photo by Andrew Goff

Press release from Humboldt Bay Fire:

On October 14th , 2019 at 2:09AM, Humboldt Bay Fire responded to a Commercial Structure Fire at the 3500 block of Broadway. HBF responded with 3 engines, 1 Truck, and 2 Chief Officers and found heavy fire visible from the rear of an unoccupied commercial building.

Crews began fire attack from outside the building, and the main body of the fire was quickly knocked down. Crews then conducted a search of the interior of the building and found no humans or animals inside.

The fire was overhauled and the majority of the damage was to the rear exterior of the building and a small studio apartment above the rear side of the building. Estimated fire loss is $100,000.

Fire crews remained on scene for 3 hours to completely extinguish the fire and secure the building. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire and there were signs of transient activity near the origin of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Humboldt Bay Fire would like to thank EPD, HCSO, PG&E, City Ambulance and Arcata Fire District for their assistance.