A series of explosions and a huge fire lit up the border town of Pullman, Wash., July 14 as four apartment buildings, all under construction for this fall's incoming Washington State University students, were destroyed. All available firefighting personnel from throughout the region including Moscow and Colfax responded to the multiple alarm blaze.
Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston said the fire was "suspicious" and law enforcement from Pullman and WSU have been called in for the investigation. A private company that owned one of the destroyed buildings said it had installed surveillance cameras area the area.
Eyewitnesses said at its peak, the fire was so hot that it cracked windows at a research park nearly 200 yards away and melted a sign across the street from the blaze. Residents at the WSU campus needed to be evacuated for a short while, but no injuries were reported.
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that some students had already made deposits for apartments in the destroyed buildings.