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By Brianna Wray
the Times 

Spectacular Fire Hits Waitsburg's Main St.

Former Hugs, Gifts & Collectibles building was destroyed in Sunday night blaze


September 13, 2018

Matthew Wyatt

Firefighters work to extinguish flames from Sunday night's fire, preventing further loss of Waitsburg's Main Street buildings.

WAITSBURG-Neighbors watched as first responders worked to extinguish a fire that broke out on Waitsburg's Main Street Sunday night.

"All of a sudden there were flames and it went up like that," said Joy Smith as she snapped her fingers. "It was fully engulfed before the fire people even got there."

The building, at 109 Main St., which formerly housed Smith's business, Hugs, Gifts and Collectibles, was destroyed. The building is owned by Waitsburg resident Skip Carpenter.

"We were alerted to the fire at 8:45 p.m. Sunday," said Neil Henze, Chief of Columbia and Walla Walla County Fire Distri...

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