UPDATE: Second fire sparks at former auto dealership

By Patty Hastings and Paul Suarez

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Updated: July 10, 2012, 8:59 PM

 
photoAn attic fire damaged this commercial building early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters on Tuesday afternoon responded to a reported fire at the old Curt Warner Chevrolet, hours after another fire caused $122,000 in damage to a different building on the complex.

The afternoon blaze was reported just before 2 p.m. at an abandoned building near Mill Plain Boulevard, said Vancouver fire spokesman Joe Spatz.

Firefighters quickly knocked out the fire and called a fire marshal to investigate.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined but may have been caused by some sort of electrical problem, Spatz said.

The fire marshal is waiting for Clark Public Utilities to secure some wiring in the building before investigating, Spatz said. Public utilities is waiting for the owner’s permission to enter the building and make repairs, he said.

Just after midnight Tuesday, firefighters responded to a fire at 313 Southeast Ellsworth Road. They saw smoke coming from the attic area of an empty building that also was part of the old Curt Warner campus.

The fire was under control in 15 minutes and was likely caused by an electrical malfunction, said Vancouver Fire spokesman Kevin Stromberg.

It is unclear if the two fires are somehow related, Spatz said.

The early morning fire caused an estimated $122,000 in damage.

The former dealership site is owned by General Motors, which said earlier this year that it wanted to market the site for redevelopment.

Alan Webb is now Vancouver’s Chevy dealer, with a location on 66th street near State Highway 500 and Andresen Road.