Here is a press release from Humboldt Bay Fire:
At 12:58 a.m. this morning, three engines, a ladder truck and a Humboldt Bay Fire Battalion Chief responded to a commercial structure fire reported on the 1900 block of 5th Street in Eureka. The first engine to arrive reported that smoke was visible several blocks away and arrived on the scene to find a one-story commercial building with heavy smoke and fire at the rear of the building. A second commercial alarm has been requested for additional on-scene resources to assist with firefighting operations and coverage of the Humboldt Bay Fire jurisdiction. Crews launched a fire attack inside and searched the structure for any potential occupants.
The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes and there were no injuries among civilians and firefighters. Firefighters remained on site for an additional 2 hours to evacuate smoke from the building, check the spread of the fire in hidden spaces and ensure that the fire was completely extinguished.
The building had not been occupied for approximately two years and upon investigation of the origin and cause there were clear signs of transient activity around the building and in the exterior storage areas concealed against the building . This includes bedding, garbage, many hypodermic needles, and human waste. Firefighters were able to safely navigate these hazards to set up hoses to put out the blaze. Due to the signs of transient activity and the results of the fire investigation, the fire was determined to be man-made and started in an outdoor storage shed directly attached to the building. Damage to the building is estimated at $30,000.
Humboldt Bay Fire would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance:
Arcata Fire District, Samoa-Peninsula Fire District, Eureka Police Department, City Ambulance and PG&E.