Yakima Fire investigators are searching for the cause of an early morning fire near the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 9 South 6th Avenue. A news release says firefighters were called to the area at about 5:15 a.m. where they found about 100 wood pallets, 50 pallets of books and 50 bales of cardboard on fire. The blaze was next to the building but an employee from the salvation army used a forklift to remove the burning material from near the building so firefighters could douse the flames.

No injuries were reported. The building sustained some damage to the roof and exterior wall, but action by YFD crews prevented the fire from extending into the building’s interior.

Damage is estimated at $20,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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