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Fire destroys Indian Smoke Shop in Milton

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on July 2, 2011 at 11:32 am with 2 Comments »
July 2, 2011 3:17 pm
Peter Haley / Staff Photographer

A former smoke shop on Pacific Highway East in Milton has been destroyed by a fire.

Crews were called out at 10:17 a.m., and by then the roughly 8,000-square-foot building was fully engulfed, said Assistant Chief Russ McCallion of East Pierce Fire and Rescue.

Investigators still are working to determine the cause.

The building has been vacant for about 18 months, said owner David Bean. No one was inside and no injuries have been reported.

This story will be updated when more details become available.

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. The structure that burned is actually a large defunct smokeshop that had a fireworks stand in the parking lot in front of it. Interesting side-note, this smokeshop was shut down by ATF in October 2009 because of drug dealing at the location. It’s been empty since then. Info on that is shown at this DOJ link:

    The fireworks stand looked like it was made from a converted metal shipping container and was placed pretty close to the front door of the empty smokeshop, so it’s contents might conceivably have also caught fire, but probably not the stand itself.

  2. ArchieA says:

    Glad there weren’t any deaths or injuries.
    But after reading the Post by Matt B., it was a good training exercise for the fire departments involved.
    Now the catch is—will the tribe have it’s mess cleaned up in due time ?????

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