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December 26, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Fire destroys Bellevue office building

Firefighters douse an office building in Bellevue on Monday morning. The building was destroyed by the fire. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

A three-alarm fire destroyed an eastern Bellevue office building early Monday morning.

The Bellevue Fire Department responded to the fire, at the Forum West Building at 12501 Bellevue-Redmond Road, just after 5:30 a.m., said Lt. Troy Donlin, a spokesman for the department. By 9:30, the fire was still not fully contained, although officials had reopened the nearby road.

No injuries have been reported. Firefighters don’t believe anybody was inside the building at the time of the fire, although they are not sure, Donlin said.

The building was “completely lost,” said Donlin, adding he has no damage estimate but “it would be big though.”

The first firefighters on the scene attempted to fight the fire from inside the building, but they determined they had to retreat to outside and call for assistance, Donlin said. In all, 32 fire vehicles from Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland and Redmond responded.

The 80 x 120-foot building contains law offices and commercial businesses.

Fire investigators don’t know the cause or origin of the fire.

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