Humboldt Bay Fire release:

At 0642 hours on Tuesday December 5th, 2023, Humboldt Bay Fire responded with three Engines, one Truck, and a Chief Officer to the report of a structure fire at the 200 block of Fifth Street.

The first arriving Truck was assigned fire attack for a fully involved vehicle in the parking structure on the ground level of the building. The second arriving Engine secured a water source and assisted with fire attack. The remaining two Engines arrived and checked for extension into the hotel and provided smoke removal. There was no flame spread to the interior of the building. Crews remained on scene for approximately two hours for cleanup and smoke removal.

There were no Firefighter or civilian injuries. The fire was located and controlled within five minutes of the arrival of the 1st crew. The property sustained damage only to the ceiling of the parking garage, estimated to be approximately $15,000, with the vehicle being a total loss. A fire investigation was conducted and the cause of the fire was determined to be arson.

Humboldt Bay Fire would like to thank our allied partners for their assistance during this incident; HCSO, and EPD. Humboldt Bay Fire would like to remind everyone to report any and all suspicious activity by calling EPD’s non-emergency line at (707) 441-4044.