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Feb. 24, 2021

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Firefighters extinguish blaze in building’s elevator shaft in downtown Vancouver

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

Firefighters extinguished a blaze Saturday night in the elevator shaft of the Murdock Building on Broadway in downtown Vancouver.

Several callers reported seeing light smoke coming from the front of the building, 703 Broadway, which houses Columbia Credit Union and offices, and serves as a parking garage.

Multiple fire crews were dispatched shortly after 8 p.m. for a commercial structure fire.

After entering to investigate, firefighters discovered the building’s sprinklers had activated and were controlling a fire in the elevator shaft near the first floor. A search of the building found the blaze had not extended to the other floors, according to emergency radio traffic monitored by The Columbian.

Fire in the elevator car was quickly extinguished, and crews were working to ventilate the electrical room around 9 p.m. Clark Public Utilities was requested to shut off power, according to radio traffic.

The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause.