Downriggers, the popular waterfront restaurant in Friday Harbor, was destroyed in an early morning blaze. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire has not been determined yet.
San Juan Island firefighters fought the blaze along with firefighters from both the Lopez and Orcas Island fire departments
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The businesses located below the restaurant sustained smoke and water damage. San Juan Safaris and San Juan Excursions are both operating today. The firefighters were able to retrieve the businesses' computers and keys to the boats. San Juan Safari is set up at Memorial Park Circle. San Juan Excursions is set up at Crystal Seas office on Spring Street.
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Anacortes Fire Department arrived at about 8 a.m. Saturday with an engine and four firefighters and a command rig with a duty officer. They will be on call at the Mullis Street Fire Station in case of another call for an emergency while local firefighters continue work at the scene.
San Juan EMS provided rehab support for firefighters during the course of the fire.
San Juan Island Fire Department paged Islands' Oil Spill Association at 4:30 a.m. and asked them to send a crew to the scene to help prevent any environmental damage as a result of the fire.
At 6:30 a.m. eight trained IOSA responders were on scene and ready to deploy containment boom if needed to contain fire debris or other hazardous materials that could reach the water.
At noon, fire crews were hosing down debris as it was being removed with a backhoe.
Friday Harbor Port Executive Director Marilyn O'Connor said the port commissioners will most likely meet this week in a special meeting to discuss the situation. The port owns the building.
With the restaurant employees now out of work, Purple and Gold members decided to help by giving the proceeds from tonight's steak dinner at the county Fair to the workers. The dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. at the BBQ pit at the Fairgrounds. Purple and Gold is the booster group for San Juan Island School District athletics.
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Photo by Diane Ludeman