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October 29, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Forks fire burns store that once sold Twilight relics

The Associated Press

FORKS —  A fire early Monday in the small Washington town best known as the fictional home of the “Twilight” movies destroyed two buildings, including one that once sold souvenirs from the vampire series, authorities said.

The blaze also cut a power line and caused the Quillayute Valley School District to cancel classes.

The fire was reported before 4 a.m. in a three-story wooden building built in 1925 as an Oddfellows Hall. It was fully involved when the first firefighters arrived and they knew the building couldn’t be saved, said Phil Arbeiter, a Clallam County fire chief.

An explosion, possibly from a propane tank, spread the fire to an adjoining one-story building known as the Twilight store because it sold movie memorabilia until it closed early this year.

Even if it hadn’t lost power, the Quillayute Valley School District might have cancelled classes Monday because of the smoke, Superintendent Diana Reaume said. The district has about 1,100 students at an elementary, middle and high school campus just two blocks from the fire, she said. Classes resume Tuesday.

The loss of the Oddfellows building, built with old-growth timber, was a devastating historical loss to the community, Reaume said.

It was used by the Rainforest Players for theatrical productions and also hosted dances and community meetings, the Peninsula Daily News reported. It also housed a Hispanic grocery.

No one was in the buildings at the time. No firefighters were injured, and the cause of the fire remained under investigation, Arbeiter said.

A damage estimate wasn’t immediately available. The city owned the Oddfellows building and it likely was insured, Arbeiter said. A bank owned the Twilight store.

The Olympic Peninsula town of Forks, population 3,500, is about 100 miles west of Seattle near the coast.

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