Firefighter, neighbors injured in fire at Fonk’s Coffeehouse in Colfax

Fonks Colfax Fire 3
Credit: Whitman County Sheriff's Office

COLFAX, Wash. — Three people were injured in a fire at Fonk’s Coffeehouse in downtown Colfax on Tuesday night.

Firefighters said the building was a complete loss.

According to a release from the City of Colfax, firefighters first found smoke showing from all sides of the building. Crews entered through the rest of the building and found large flames.

Crews were pulled from the interior of the building for safety reasons and fought the fire from outside.

Pullman firefighters were able to send water through the top of the building after the roof collapsed. The fire was contained to Fonk’s, but smoke and heat damage was done to neighboring apartments on Main Street and Bruning Funeral Home.

Those injured included two residents of nearby apartments and one firefighter. They have all been discharged from the hospital and the American Red Cross is helping six displaced residents.

Main Street will remain closed for part of Wednesday until the building can be inspected. The closure could last longer.

Crews will be on scene throughout the day to ensure the fire stays contained.