Three-alarm fire destroys apartment building and several businesses early this morning in downtown Olympia

No injuries were reported but some 12 businesses were destroyed


Most of the five-story apartment building under construction at the corner of Capitol Way and Olympia Ave was destroyed by a fire that started at approximately 5 a.m. this morning.

No injuries were reported.

Several businesses located in nearby buildings were damaged or destroyed. These are shown in the photos above.

The buildings were still smoldering at 11 a.m. as firefighters from Olympia and Lacey continued to spray water into them from multiple directions.  Electricity and gas services are shut off for the entire block. 

Olympia Fire Department has assembled a multi-agency team that will meet at Noon today to discuss the investigation. 

CORRECTION: December 2, 2022 -- A previous version of this story stated that the building stood four stories tall. We regret the error. 


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