Centralia City Firemen work to battle a fire at 701 Johnson that destroyed a 30 by 50 metal garage building with two cars inside. Photo by Tim Ferguson.
The Centralia City Fire Department reports a semi-abandoned 30 by 50-foot metal garage building was destroyed by fire Sunday night.
The building owned by Marnen Perez at 701 Johnson was used to store a 1940 Ford and 1957 Willy Jeep that were both destroyed by fire. The building was in a fenced-in area with vegetation grown up around it.
The initial fire call came in as an illegal burn, so only one engine was sent. When firemen made access to the building they discovered it was fully engulfed in flames. At that time, all available Centralia City Firefighters were called to the scene. There were no utilities to the building and the owner had not
been to the location in some time, but there were reports of people going in and out of the structure. As a result, the cause of the fire is listed as suspicious. It is the fifth fire in the past two weeks in Centralia that firemen know was set or has been labeled as suspicious in nature.
The fire call came in at 7:30 Sunday night. Firemen were on the scene until 11:11 pm. No injuries were reported.