Arson Suspected in Fire That Damages Pullman Downtown Subway

Last Updated on Friday, 27 October 2017 19:13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           Deputy Fire Marshal Tony Nuttman
Monday, May 29, 2017                Fire Chief Mike Heston
Release #2  (11:05 am)


          PULLMAN—A joint fire investigation task force determined Monday morning that the fire that did extensive damage to the downtown Subway at 460 E. Main in Pullman was an arson fire.

          Pullman Deputy Fire Marshal Tony Nuttman said the task force—composed of fire investigators from Pullman and WSU and Pullman police officers—went through the charred evidence most of the morning and were able to determine there were apparent multiple points of origin of the fire.  They also found examples of several possible ignitable liquids that have been collected by law enforcement and will be sent to the state crime lab.

          Nuttman gave a preliminary estimate of damage of at least $300,000 but a more exact figure will come after the owners of the Subway and their insurance representatives go through the store.

          The fire broke out shortly before midnight Sunday and was called in to the 9-1-1 dispatchers at Whitcom by a passerby who saw smoke coming from the roof of the building.

          The first crew arriving at the store found flames and smoke coming from the kitchen area.  They made a forced entry of the door and then were able to extinguish the fire.  Crews from Whitman County Rural Fire District 12 also responded to the structure fire.  There were no injuries.

          The Subway is in a building shared with two other businesses.  The space in the middle was unoccupied and appeared to have some water on the floor but no fire damage.  Baskin Robbins was the other business in the structure and it sustained no apparent fire damage.  The building shared a common roof and attic and there was smoke coming from the soffits throughout the structure.  Fire investigators were waiting for crews to arrive from Baskin Robbins to determine the extent of any smoke damage to their store.

          Subway will be closed indefinitely while the other two Subways in Pullman—in Walmart and in the Compton Union Building on the WSU campus—will continue to operate while the Main Street location is repaired.


Written by PFD/PIO Glenn Johnson

East Main Subway Structure Fire

East Main Subway Structure Fire