An old mill in Littlerock was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning.
A person driving by called the fire department after seeing flames coming from a building on the 6500 block of 128th Avenue Southwest, according to West Thurston Fire Lt. Lanette Dyer.
“Initially, people thought it was the Littlerock Tavern on fire,” Dyer said. “That was a little more concerning, since it’s a big commercial building with apartments inside of it.”
Crews first on scene at 5:08 a.m. discovered it was instead a building across the street.
“The building was completely involved with a partial collapse of the roof,” Dyer said. “We had a power pole on fire and had to call Puget Sound Energy and have them de-energize it before we could get in there.”
No one was hurt.
About 25 firefighters from West Thurston and McLane Black Lake fire departments were at the scene for several hours, Dyer said.
The 60-foot by 40-foot building was made with cinder blocks and looked to have been used recently for welding and fabrication, Dyer said.
It also appeared an expansion of the building could have been under way, she added.
“The building is a total loss,” Dyer said Tuesday morning. “It’s so hot you can’t even get in there.”Chelsea Krotzer: 360-754-5476 email@example.com