A 3-alarm fire destroyed four unfinished apartment buildings in Pullman early Sunday morning.
When crews got here they had to write-off the structures already engulfed and focus on the surrounding buildings. Some of the closest of which were occupied.
“The police department was evacuating as quick as they could and the siding on the end started to melt, so we put our resources on that to get that knocked down,” said Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston.
The units burned weren’t finished, just the framing was done. Most were already spoken for.
“As far as I know, every single one of these was supposed to be done by the time school starts for WSU, and they were supposed to be occupied,” said Heston. “So I am not sure where they are going to go. It is pretty early yet."
WSU football player Gabe Marks saw video of the fire on social media.
"”I am staying in Providence Court with one of my teammates, and I was planning on moving in next month,” Marks said.
“With an explosion, and it looks like its my apartment building, so i was like ‘I guess I am homeless,” he added.
Chief Heston says the fire is suspicious.
He says it’s too early to tell if it is connected to a string of unsolved arson fires last year. But the evidence here will be looked at very carefully.
“With a fire getting ahead of us that quick, yes, it is suspicious until we rule it otherwise,” said Heston.
WSU and Pullman police will aid the fire department in the investigation as it continues through Sunday.
Construction crews are working to put a dollar amount on how much damage was done.