An East Aberdeen commercial building was almost totally destroyed by fire early this morning. No injuries were reported.
At about 12:50 a.m., Aberdeen Fire responded to reports of black smoke near the Wishkah River Bridge, and spotted smoke coming from the back of the building at 600 E. Wishkah St. The building was home to Hagen and Bates Law Firm, Cheryl Demoss Massage, The Body Shop Massage and A Classic Cut hair salon.
The first engine started attacking the exterior fire, but quickly realized the fire was spreading through the building’s attic. Multiple crews were sent inside the burning building, and after about an hour and a half, the fire was under control. Crews were on scene until about 6:30 this morning putting out hot spots and salvaging contents.
The fire department estimated the building was 85 percent damaged, with the same level of damage to its contents. The initial damage estimate is $950,000, and the cause is still under investigation.