Fire damages 8 businesses overnight in White Center

A two-alarm fire damaged eight businesses early Monday morning in White Center.

Firefighters were called before 2:00 a.m. to 16th Ave SW and SW Roxbury St.

Investigators say the fire started in the basement of Lumber Yard Bar and quickly spread. Crews said it was a difficult fire to fight and went into a defensive attack, pouring water on the businesses from the outside.

One of the damaged businesses was a cafe that was supposed to have its grand opening at the end of the month. The owner, Sharon Lei says the cafe was a life long dream that she poured every last cent into.

"I sold my car, I worked super hard, worked 60 hours just to like put everything I had in here," said Lei.

Officials said nobody was hurt in the fire.

Investigators say the fire was accidental and not fireworks related.


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