Ed. note: In the event you find the following a bit confusing, as we did, Humboldt Bay Fire public information officer Talia Flores tells us that her organization’s initial intelligence was that the fire was in the Vance Hotel.


Press release from Humboldt Bay Fire:

On 6/15/2024 at 8:07pm Humboldt Bay Fire responded to a reported alarm system sounding at 511 2nd Street in Eureka. Humboldt Bay Fire responded with one unit code two to investigate.

Upon arrival Truck 8181’s crew found a four-story residential structure over a commercial structure with no smoke or flames visible. A bystander informed the crew of multiple sprinkler activations at the restaurant at 511 2nd St. After the crew made entry into the occupancy they located two flowing sprinkler heads with light smoke throughout the structure. The crew secured the sprinklers and shut off the water to the building. A small fire was located in the kitchen and extinguished. There was minimal fire spread to the wall above the sink. However, the sprinkler system prevented the fire from getting out of control and spreading further.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental. There were no civilian or Firefighter injuries and the total value of the property is approximately $1,050,000 with saved value approximately $1,045,000.

Humboldt Bay Fire would like to remind everyone that sprinkler systems significantly reduce fire damage, and if you have a system installed maintain it as recommended by the servicing company.

Photos: Humboldt Bay Fire.