Fire guts woodworking shop in Walla Walla

Bechtel's Woodworking and Stain Shop was hit by the blaze early today.

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WALLA WALLA -- An early-morning fire gutted a woodworking shop on Avery Street today.

Deputy Chief Brad Morris said Walla Walla Fire Department units were dispatched to 218 Avery St. at 1:08 a.m. after a person called 911 to report smoke coming from a shed at Bechtel's Woodworking and Stain Shop.

Upon arrival firefighters found flames coming through the roof of a 40-foot by 100-foot shop attached to the back of another building that also belongs to the same business. Firefighters from College Place and Fire District 4 were also called to the scene for mutual aid.

The fire was brought under control at 1:44 a.m., Morris said. Damage is estimated at $80,000 for the structure and $210,000 for contents. The fire is under investigation and the cause is unknown at this time.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318. Check out his blog at blogs.ublabs.org/randomthoughts.

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