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Old Gobi Mongolian Grill building in east Vancouver appeared under renovation before fire

No official cause for blaze

By Sarah Wolf, Columbian staff writer
Published: September 1, 2023, 6:02am

Singed walls are left as a remnant of the fire that broke out at the old Gobi Mongolian Grill restaurant last month.

Vancouver Fire was dispatched to the property at 14387 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in the early morning hours of Aug. 20, according to a statement from the fire department.

The building hadn’t been in use as a restaurant for some time. It was purchased in 2019 by H&C Properties Management, according to county records. The property management business is associated with Ocean King Market farther east on Mill Plain.

To passersby, the restaurant appeared to be under renovation before the fire struck. Ocean King Market and H&C Properties Management had just signed a property access agreement with Mannahouse Church in July. Mannahouse owns the property adjacent to the restaurant, which includes much of the adjoining parking lot.

The Vancouver Fire Department said nine units reported to the Aug. 20 fire, with 26 fire department personnel on scene at the height of the deployment.

The crews reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the vacant building when they initially responded.

The department reported that the fire was deemed under control within 20 minutes, though the building suffered “extensive damage,” according to the statement.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office was unable to release a determined cause for the blaze.