LS Dairy Queen destroyed in early morning fireBY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR Lake Stevens Firefighters from District 8 responded to a fire inside of the Frontier Village Dairy Queen just after midnight on the morning of Friday, Jan. 18 after receiving a 911 call.
When firefighters arrived flames and smoke were visible. Firefighters entered the building but were ordered out realizing that the fire was already too hot.
“They attempted an interior attack but it overwhelmed them quickly because it was too hot,” Dave Lingenfelter, Lake Stevens Deputy Fire Chief said.
A firefighter was on the roof fighting the flames when he was told to get off. One bystander said that seconds after the firefighter climbed off of the roof, it collapsed.
Firefighters continued to fight the fire in hopes of keeping it from spreading to other buildings. No other buildings were damaged.
It took firefighters over three hours to bring the fire under control. No firefighters or civilians were hurt during the fire.
Dairy Queen closed at 10 p.m. and the fire seemed to have been burning for a while when firefighters arrived.
“It was burning pretty well when they got there,” Lingenfelter said.
Fire Marshals from Lake Stevens, Snohomish County, Monroe and Snohomish city were all on scene helping with the investigation.
“The cause is still under investigation at this time,” Lake Stevens Fire Marshal Robert Marshall said. “The investigation is still open but there is no suspicion of arson. The origin is in the attic area. More than likely it was caused by an electrical problem.”
According to investigators, the damages are said to be between $750,000 and $1 million.