Newport firefighters were called out shortly before 11 pm Monday night on a report of flames at the Newport Bay Coffee shop in Agate Beach. Firefighters pulled up to see flames emanating from the business. No one was inside, according to Assistant Fire Chief Rob Murphy.
Murphy said they managed to knock down the fire within ten minutes. He said the fire first erupted in a storage container that was placed near the end of the building. The fire grew large enough to ignite the exterior of the coffee shop and burned its way inside before it was spotted and phoned in to 9-1-1. The owners were reportedly away on a trip.