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A fire late Tuesday night caused an estimated $160,000 to a building housing the Anacortes Music Channel and Classic Upholstery in the 200 block of Commercial ave.

The Anacortes Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 214 Commercial Ave at 10:27 pm Tuesday, where crews found a room and contents fire at Anacortes Music Channel located within a group of businesses that included Marine Hardware, the Bike Spot, Marine Documentation Center, and Classic Upholstery.

An initial and preliminary estimate of loss due to fire and smoke damage is approximately $160,000 dollars. $110,000 dollars to contents and approximately $50,000 dollars to the structure. Other occupancies and their contents have not been completely assessed as of Wednesday morning.

The Anacortes Music Channel is a community space and a project of musician and songwriter Karl Blau. The space is destroyed and so is all of Karl Blau's equipment and instruments. An emergency fund has been set up at to help Karl Blau recover. 

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The Firefighters quickly contained the fire to the Anacortes Music Channel occupancy. The fire had spread into the attic partly over the Classic Upholstery occupancy, but firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading, according to the fire department.

The cause is still under investigation and investigators are actively working on the cause as of Wednesday morning.

The Anacortes Fire Department responded with four on-duty Firefighters and five off-duty call-back and volunteer firefighters, responding on two engines, one ambulance and two command vehicles.

Mt Erie Fire Department (Fire District #11) responded with a crew of six firefighters on one engine and one command vehicle, and Fire District #13 Fire Department (Summit Park) responded with two engines and eleven personnel. A total of 26 personnel were engaged to extinguish the fire.

Anacortes Police Department responded and was instrumental in crowd control and assisted with an injured person with a cut to their arm from breaking glass. The Red Cross was called and provided assistance to the occupants who live above the Marine Hardware Store.

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