Laser arena damaged in alleged arson early Sunday

Firefighters stand outside the entrance to the Cougar Laser Arena in Pullman after a blaze broke out early Sunday morning.

A fire early Sunday morning heavily damaged the interior of Cougar Laser Arena on the 1200 block of South Grand Avenue and it’s believed to be arson, according to a Facebook post by the business.

According to the Pullman Fire Department, firefighters were called to the scene around 2 a.m. after a report of smoke coming out of the building, which also houses Wysup Imports and More.

Crews arrived to see flames and smoke in the laser tag section of the building. Wysup Imports and More was not affected other than the smell of smoke, according to a news release.

Firefighters said there was fire, smoke and water damage to the interior of the arena. It is unknown if the video games in the outer lobby were damaged.

At least one fire sprinkler was activated by the fire. The extent of damage and the cause of the fire are under investigation.

According to the Cougar Entertainment Center’s Facebook page, which oversees the arena, no one was injured in the blaze and the business suspects it may be the victim of arson.

“ We regret to inform everyone that we were the victims of a possible arson late last night. Luckily no one was injured. The facility sustained heavy damage and it is unknown at this time when we will be reopen. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we go through this difficult time,” the post stated.

The post urged the public to contact the Pullman Police Department if they have any new information about the fire.

As of Sunday afternoon two fire investigators and a detective with the Pullman Police Department were investigating the fire.

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