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Fire damages apartments on Riekkola Road

Chief Golightly will investigate cause
By Erick Bengel

The Daily Astorian

Published on January 14, 2018 4:30PM

Last changed on January 15, 2018 7:29AM

Lewis & Clark Fire and Rescue personnel begin dousing a blaze in a second-story apartment complex on Riekkola Road in Astoria.

Erick Bengel/The Daily Astorian

Lewis & Clark Fire and Rescue personnel begin dousing a blaze in a second-story apartment complex on Riekkola Road in Astoria.

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A Lewis & Clark Fire and Rescue team prepares to put out a fire in a second-story apartment complex on Riekkola Road in Astoria.

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A Lewis & Clark Fire and Rescue team prepares to put out a fire in a second-story apartment complex on Riekkola Road in Astoria.

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Local fire personnel responded to a blaze in a pair of apartments on Riekkola Road in Astoria early Sunday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

The fire damaged the only apartments on the second floor of a two-story building. The occupants and building owner weren’t home when the fire started. One apartment sustained far more damage, but neither dwelling is habitable, according to Lewis & Clark Fire and Rescue Chief Jeff Golightly.

The lower level — which includes a space used by Affordable Towing & Repair to store vehicles — was mostly unaffected except for water that came in as crew members worked to put out the fire.

Lewis & Clark was joined by Astoria, Warrenton, Gearhart and Knappa-Svensen fire departments, and Medix. The call went out shortly after 1:30 p.m., and the fire was extinguished around 2 p.m.

“It was starting to run pretty hard there,” said Golightly, adding that he was “getting really nervous” they wouldn’t be able to save the structure.

Golightly will head the investigation into the cause.



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