Bi-Mart on North 40th Avenue temporarily closed after catching fire
YAKIMA, Wash.- If you get your groceries from the Bi-Mart on North 40th Avenue, you'll have to temporarily shop elsewhere after the building caught fire early Tuesday morning.
Firefighters arrived at around 2:15 a.m. to find smoke coming from the rear of the building and water on the floor from the sprinkler system.
Crews found the fire on the second floor of the store's storage area.
They say the fire was small and minimal structure damage was done but damages are still estimated to be over $1 million.
"When we look at a commercial fire, one of the biggest things we take into consideration is the business being closed during that time frame. So that's a loss and then any of the product that's inside the building that got damaged. So it’s not necessarily just the fire…. there's other items that can cause a problem for them,” said Jeff Pfaff, with the Yakima Fire Department.
Bi-Mart officials say Bi-Mart members can get their prescriptions filled at the 5th Avenue Bi-Mart pharmacy until they are able to reopen their walk-up window.
They say they hope to have that window re-opened by later this week.
Firefighters believe the fire was caused by arson and are asking for anyone with information to contact them immediately.