LONG BEACH — A fire badly damaged a garage in north Long Beach on Friday afternoon.
Emergency dispatchers first learned of the fire near the intersection of Washington Avenue North and 14th Street NE at about 1:15 p.m. According to scanner traffic, callers reported flames coming from the roof of a large workshop at the rear of school bus driver Gene Klingler’s property. Dispatchers said a neighbor attempted to extinguish the flames with a garden hose while waiting for help to arrive.
Long Beach Police and firefighters from Long Beach, Ilwaco and Pacific County Fire District No. 1 arrived a few minutes later, and cordoned off the surrounding area. The firefighters quickly gained control of the fire, but the corrugated metal roof of the workshop continued to smoke.
Over the course of about 30 minutes, firefighters used power saws and axes to cut a ventilation hole in the roof. When the metal sheeting came off, billows of pungent smoke poured out, and small flames flickered among the charred wooden beams. Firefighters quickly extinguished those flames, too.
Fire crews cleared from the scene around 2:40 p.m. No one appeared to have been injured in the fire, and surrounding structures were spared.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Klingler and fire personnel were not immediately available for interviews on Friday afternoon.