Dayton fire causes Highway 12 detours, local businesses power through

DAYTON, Wash. — A structure fire along E Main St in Dayton has caused some lingering side effects for commuters and businesses alike.

The fire ignited on Tuesday, June 8 as crews from Waitsburg, Dayton, and Walla Walla responded to the scene of the Dayton Eagles social club located on the 200-block of E Main St.

A statement issued to locals from the Port of Columbia was obtained by KAPP-KVEW on Friday. Representatives from the Port of Columbia gathered this information for an unofficial report to keep community members in the loop.

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Highway 12 remains closed through Dayton as crews work to rectify fire damage. The statement claimed that the Washington State Department of Transportation is working to re-open the highway as soon as possible. However, fire damage to the top of the concrete block building front may be unsafe for pedestrians and cars. This is why the highway is shut down in the downtown area and a portion of the sidewalk is taped off.

According to a Facebook post by the Dayton Eagles, inspectors have turned the building back over to the club. However, they must await clearance from their insurance adjuster to start the work required to re-open the highway. The club says it hopes to get the situation rectified by Sunday, June 13 at the latest.

The previous statement from Port of Columbia representatives claims that two other structures, Woody’s and the Noble Hunt buildings, sustained smoke and water damage that will be assessed.

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Meanwhile, local businesses are open and hoping that the fire won’t distract from their normal operations. The only portion of the street that is closed to pedestrians is directly in front of the damaged buildings. Parking is available in the city lot behind Dingle’s and on side streets.

The Northwest Grain Grower’s office adjacent to Woody’s is open for business; just like the Weinhard Cafe and the other businesses on the east end of the street.

Fire damage and detours won’t change plans for the ‘All Wheels Weekend’ event from June 18-20; though officials did say that a Plan B is in place on the slight chance that the event is impacted.

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