Fire destroys barn-like structure in woods near Four Corners


Firefighters put out a fully involved fire engulfing a barn-like building in the woods near the intersection of Bald Hill Road Southeast and Vail Road Southeast — commonly known as Four Corners — in Yelm on Thursday morning.

A witness driving by called in the fire at about 6:15 a.m. Thursday, Lt. Brian Richardson of the Southeast Thurston Fire Authority said.

“It was probably burning for a while before it was reported,” he said.

The structure was almost fully collapsed when firefighters arrived, he said.

The building didn’t appear to be a live-in residence, and there were no signs of people or animals occupying it, he said.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

“It’s hard to say if it was intentional or unintentional, but most likely human-caused,” he said.

S.E. Thurston Fire Authority, East Olympia Fire District, Lacey Fire District 3 and Bald Hills Fire Department responded to the fire.

“We had a long, extended hose-lay into the structure,” he said. “It was probably about 400 feet, maybe even more. … We had to foam the inside because it was so collapsed in.”


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