We now go to Sarah Billingsley, reporting on live feed from Seattle.
Thank you, Jeff.
I’m reporting live from the suburb of Everett in the Seattle Metroplex, where fire crews are putting out an early-morning blaze in this mostly industrial area. The facility belongs to CariTek Research Services, a local technology starter company. Early reports indicate that a series of small explosions inside the structure may have been responsible for the blaze. We also have unconfirmed reports of gunfire at the facility prior to the fire alarm.
We have been told that there were no security personnel on scene and there has been no loss of life. CRS spokesperson, Deborah Takei, downplayed the extent of the damage, claiming that the facility was in the process of being renovated for new technologies. She indicated that the cause of the fire is being investigated, but that early reports suggest a short circuit in newly installed electrical circuits was to blame. She had little to add about the reports of gunfire, suggesting that it may have been an unrelated incident.
Lone Star Security Services representatives could neither confirm nor deny the possibility of gun shots at the Everett facility. Governor Brackhaven was quoted this morning as saying, “I don’t know why we pay them so much if they don’t even know if there was shooting or not.”
We will continue to monitor the situation, and keep you apprised of any new developments.
Back to you, Jeff.
Thank you, Sarah
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