Vancouver firefighters battle commercial strip mall fire

Fire started in Novedades Lizy, a small retail clothing store

VANCOUVER — Crews from the Vancouver Fire Department stopped a fire early Sunday at a commercial strip mall.

Crews from the Vancouver Fire Department stopped a fire early Sunday at a commercial strip mall. The fire started in Novedades Lizy, a small retail clothing store. Photo courtesy of Tony Fletcher, Vancouver Fire Battalion Chief
Crews from the Vancouver Fire Department stopped a fire early Sunday at a commercial strip mall. The fire started in Novedades Lizy, a small retail clothing store. Photo courtesy of Tony Fletcher, Vancouver Fire Battalion Chief

At 5:10 a.m. Sunday, the Vancouver Fire Department was dispatched to 5910 NE Fourth Plain Blvd. for the report of smoke and an activation of the fire sprinkler system. The first arriving engine found smoke coming from Novedades Lizy, a small retail clothing store in the strip mall, and requested a second alarm for additional resources.

With the sprinkler system activated, crews pulled a hose line and secured water from a nearby hydrant; they made entry into the business, and found heavy smoke throughout and fire in the attic. A ladder truck made access to the roof, where they cut a hole to allow the hot gases and smoke to rise out of the building to increase visibility, decrease heat for crews inside, and to stop any further smoke and fire damage to the occupancy and its contents.

Crews had the fire stopped in less than 30 minutes. In total six fire engines, two ladder trucks, and two battalion chiefs responded. There was no one inside at the time of the fire, and it is currently under investigation by the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s office.  

Information provided by Vancouver Fire Department.

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