July 19, 1999
Having personally driven by the building prior to your department's response, it was clear that this building and its contents were fully involved. I was very pleased with the quick response from your firefighters and the surrounding agencies to this fire.
Our city staff worked well with Chief Soptich and yourself in assisting where we might be needed. Your staff stayed engaged in this effort for over 15 hours to see that all hazards were eliminated.
We are pleased that the two businesses residing in this building have found other facilities within the city. We are working as a city to assist in their continued operation and permanent relocation. While we are sad that this landmark was destroyed, we cannot help but think what greater damage or tragedy may have resulted had not the professional support of Eastside Fire & Rescue been involved.
Thanks for your service to our community. Please extend this thanks to your entire staff.
David H. Hunter, Carnation Mayor