Fire damages downtown Prosser businesses and police dept.
PROSSER, Wash. — A building housing several businesses in downtown Prosser caught fire on Saturday.
Among those affected by fire, smoke and/or water damage are a row of businesses in the 1200 block of Bennett Avenue: the butcher shop Underwood’s Prosser Lockers, Ace Hardware, and the Prosser Police Department.
Witnesses say it started before 1:30 p.m. Witness photos show just how much smoke the fire was putting up when it was really raging early in the afternoon.
The downtown area was mostly blocked off Saturday afternoon and evening as fire crews tackled the blaze with many personnel, engines, and a ladder truck extended high into the air.
Benton County Sheriff’s Office was helping divert traffic so first responders could do their jobs:
Deputies are assisting Prosser Police by blocking roads around Bennett Ave for a structure fire at the Meat Locker. The building sits between Ace Hardware and the Prosser Police Department. Please avoid the area so fire crews can safely fight the fire and move their equipment in and out of the area.
Some downtown intersections were blocked for hours.
The firefight caused a power outage downtown, too, as lines were de-energized for safety’s sake. Davy’s Burger Ranch posted to Facebook that it would be closing early as a result.
From Benton PUD:
OUTAGE ALERT: Crews are assisting the Prosser Fire Department in responding to a fire in downtown Prosser. They have deenergized the line feeding downtown, which has resulted in an outage for about 200 customers in the area. We don’t have an estimate of when we will be able to restore power, our priority is to help keep the first responders safe. For updates please go to our outage center at BentonPUD.org or in the SmartHub app.
The nearby Princess Theatre also took to Facebook to update its clientele:
We appreciate everyone who has called to check on the Princess. Prosser Lockers, across the alley from our backstage, caught fire earlier. This video was taken in our gravel lot on the alley by one of our volunteers who happened to be on-site. That volunteer is staying to keep an eye on the ongoing situation, and keeping the Board apprised. We have also donated a case of bottled water to the West Benton Fire Rescue fire fighters who are staging from the Princess’ walkway behind the Theatre and Green Room.
It appears the butcher shop is a complete loss. No official word yet on the full extent of the damage to the police department, the hardware store, or other adjoining properties.
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