Onlookers watch as fire fighters attempt to put out the fire at Brown Boyz Island BBQ on Lincoln Street in Colville.
Emergency responders were called to a structure fire at Brown Boyz Island BBQ in Colville last Saturday afternoon.
Colville Fire Chief Joe Hirsch said the fire started around 3 p.m. The Colville Volunteer Fire Department responded with nine firefighters, two fire engines, a ladder truck and one support vehicle.
Hirsch said there were three employees inside the restauÂŹrant at the time of the fire, but everyone made it out safely and no injuries were reÂŹported.
âWe got it (the fire) knocked out pretty quick, but the roof was fully engulfed when we arrived,â said Hirsch. âUnforÂŹtunately, the building is a toÂŹtal loss.â
The cause remains under inÂŹvestigation. Hirsch added that a certified fire investigaÂŹtor inspected the building on Monday in order to determine how the fire started.
Kimo and Nicole Morrison are the owners of Brown Boyz, located on Lincoln Street. Local businessman and realtor Ron Matney owns the building. Both Morrison and Matney have insurance.
Morrison said Monday morning that though it was still unofficial, he thinks an air conditioning unit in the buildingâs wall accidentally triggered the fire. He added that Brown Boyz Island BBQ will sell food at area events, like Rendezvous Days, Chataqua Days, and the Northeast Washington Fair, to name a few. Eventually, Brown Boyz will either be rebuilt or move to a new location within Colville.
Morrison said he had just finished helping with a fundraiser for Saundraâs Furniture Saturday afternoon and had just arrived at another one at the Colville Elkâs Lodge when he got the call that his business was on fire.
Despite the loss, Morrison said a greater tragedy that occurred over the weekend weighed much more heavily on his mind. The father of one of the wrestlers that Morrison coaches for Mat Rats was killed in a car crash on Orin-Rice Road late Saturday night or early Sunday morning (see story in this weekâs newspaper).
âBy Sunday, I wasnât really thinking about the fire,â says Morrison. âMy heart and concern is with my wrestling family. A building can be replaced and a business can start again, but you canât get your loved ones back. Compared to that, my loss seems miniscule.â
Brown Boyz is the fourth Colville business to experience a fire in the past six months. Tiger Trucking and Davis Auto were heavily damaged by fire within hours of each other in January.
The Davis Auto fire was susÂŹpected to be arson because tools were also stolen from the garage.
Saundraâs Furniture and Flooring on Colvilleâs Main Street was razed by fire in February. InÂŹvestigators were unable to determine the cause of that fire, though it was agreed by fire investigators and law enÂŹforcement that is was most likely not arson.