Bellingham building owner: Structure ‘sound’ after bar fire

The proprietor of a constructing in downtown Bellingham stated it suffered “no structural harm” after a hearth at State Avenue Bar Wednesday morning, Jan. 3.

Nobody was injured, though one particular person from the second-floor flats was evaluated for accidents and didn’t require additional remedy, Bellingham Fireplace Chief Invoice Hewett stated.

The hearth began within the fryer on the bar at 1315 N. State St., based on Bellingham Fireplace Division.

Constructing proprietor Marvin Sargent stated Thursday he supplied to cowl the price of resort stays for the following week for his 5 tenants. As of midday on Jan. 4, the constructing was with out energy or water service. 

Three residents took his provide, whereas two others made different preparations for a spot to remain, Sargent stated. 

It was not clear on Thursday when — or if — residents may return to their flats.

“The upstairs is smoked out,” Sargent stated. “It’s crammed with smoke and soot.” 


 A metropolis crew removes highway barricades on State Avenue round 10:45 a.m. as the road is reopened for site visitors. (Finn Wendt/Cascadia Each day Information)  

A cat was rescued from one of many flats shortly after the hearth began. By Thursday, all three cats who lived within the constructing had been accounted for and secure, Sargent stated.

Second-floor tenant Michael Nelson was sitting in his chair Wednesday morning when he noticed smoke exterior his window. He grabbed his cellphone, laptop computer, boots and a few garments and ran out of the constructing in his socks. A former comic-book author, Nelson stated Wednesday he had artwork in his condo that might not get replaced.

State Avenue reopened to site visitors simply earlier than 11 a.m. Wednesday after it was briefly barricaded.

A police officer on the scene Wednesday stated they had been on their technique to one other name across the nook when officers observed the smoke. 

The Whatcom County Assessor’s workplace values the construction, named The Betschart Constructing, at about $578,000.

Joe Betschart constructed the constructing in 1901. It initially housed a bar named the William Inform, named after the Swiss people hero. The William Inform was recognized for serving Bellingham Bay Beer. Within the years since, a number of different bars have occupied the constructing. It was additionally the unique dwelling of the Beaver Inn, which was opened within the mid-’70s and moved to Holly Avenue in 2012.


photo  A firefighter gazes up on the constructing. (Isaac Stone Simonelli/Cascadia Each day Information)  

A small crowd gathered to look at crews combat the hearth Wednesday morning. Some bystanders reminisced on the enterprise. 

“It’s an incredible place to go and meet up with outdated pals. Being from Bellingham, all people hangs on the market,” Peyton Millar stated. “It’s only a good outdated townie bar. It’s the place you go to have a pitcher with your folks, eat stale popcorn and find it irresistible.”

Western scholar Elyse Mitchell stated “on a Friday or Saturday night time, it’s your greatest guess to hang around.”

Subsequent door, the bar Ramble Tamble opened Wednesday afternoon, based on a put up on its Instagram account: “Due to the great response of @bellinghamfiredept, our area suffered nearly no hurt and we plan to be open common enterprise hours beginning at 5pm at present.”


photo  Firefighters exterior the constructing after getting the hearth below management. (Cocoa Laney/Cascadia Each day Information)  

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The proprietor of a constructing in downtown Bellingham stated it suffered “no structural harm” after a hearth at State Avenue Bar Wednesday morning, Jan. 3.
Nobody was injured, though one particular person from the second-floor flats was evaluated for accidents and didn’t require additional remedy, Bellingham Fireplace Chief Invoice Hewett stated.
The hearth began within the fryer on the bar at 1315 N. State St., based on Bellingham Fireplace Division.
Constructing proprietor Marvin Sargent stated Thursday he supplied to cowl the price of resort stays for the following week for his 5 tenants. As of midday on Jan. 4, the constructing was with out energy or water service. 
Three residents took his provide, whereas two others made different preparations for a spot to remain, Sargent stated. 
It was not clear on Thursday when — or if — residents may return to their flats.
“The upstairs is smoked out,” Sargent stated. “It’s crammed with smoke and soot.” 

 A metropolis crew removes highway barricades on State Avenue round 10:45 a.m. as the road is reopened for site visitors. (Finn Wendt/Cascadia Each day Information)  

A cat was rescued from one of many flats shortly after the hearth began. By Thursday, all three cats who lived within the constructing had been accounted for and secure, Sargent stated.
Second-floor tenant Michael Nelson was sitting in his chair Wednesday morning when he noticed smoke exterior his window. He grabbed his cellphone, laptop computer, boots and a few garments and ran out of the constructing in his socks. A former comic-book author, Nelson stated Wednesday he had artwork in his condo that might not get replaced.

State Avenue reopened to site visitors simply earlier than 11 a.m. Wednesday after it was briefly barricaded.
A police officer on the scene Wednesday stated they had been on their technique to one other name across the nook when officers observed the smoke. 
The Whatcom County Assessor’s workplace values the construction, named The Betschart Constructing, at about $578,000.
Joe Betschart constructed the constructing in 1901. It initially housed a bar named the William Inform, named after the Swiss people hero. The William Inform was recognized for serving Bellingham Bay Beer. Within the years since, a number of different bars have occupied the constructing. It was additionally the unique dwelling of the Beaver Inn, which was opened within the mid-’70s and moved to Holly Avenue in 2012.

 A firefighter gazes up on the constructing. (Isaac Stone Simonelli/Cascadia Each day Information)  

A small crowd gathered to look at crews combat the hearth Wednesday morning. Some bystanders reminisced on the enterprise. 
“It’s an incredible place to go and meet up with outdated pals. Being from Bellingham, all people hangs on the market,” Peyton Millar stated. “It’s only a good outdated townie bar. It’s the place you go to have a pitcher with your folks, eat stale popcorn and find it irresistible.”
Western scholar Elyse Mitchell stated “on a Friday or Saturday night time, it’s your greatest guess to hang around.”
Subsequent door, the bar Ramble Tamble opened Wednesday afternoon, based on a put up on its Instagram account: “Due to the great response of @bellinghamfiredept, our area suffered nearly no hurt and we plan to be open common enterprise hours beginning at 5pm at present.”

 Firefighters exterior the constructing after getting the hearth below management. (Cocoa Laney/Cascadia Each day Information)  

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