Firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex in the 17900 block of 140th Lane NE in Woodinville May 28. A fire broke out just before noon in a second floor apartment of an eight-unit apartment complex. All residents of the apartment building evacuated as fire crews quickly worked to extinguish the fire.
Firefighters from Woodinville, Bothell and Kirkland initially responded.
Crews from as far away as Shoreline also aided in working to contain the fire to the apartment where the fire started. The fire completely destroyed one unit and the other units suffered smoke damage. All residents were displaced immediately following the fire. The Red Cross was contacted and responded to provide aid and emergency housing for the displaced residents.
“This fire could have easily been far more devastating,” stated David Weed, community services officer with Woodinville Fire & Rescue. “The first arriving crews did a great knock down of the fire which contained it to the single apartment.”
The apartment complex is located near the Woodinville Park & Ride. Due to the large number of emergency vehicles brought into the scene, Park & Ride operations were briefly halted as buses had to remain a few blocks away.
“This was a good example of multiple agencies working together,” Weed said. “Representatives from Metro, Woodinville Police and Woodinville Fire worked together to assure efficient fire operations while minimizing effects on traffic and bus service.”
A King County fire investigator was brought in to determine the cause of the fire. Initial findings point to an electrical (hospital) bed in a bedroom. Damage estimates were not immediately available. There were no injuries to residents or firefighters. Two cats were initially missing but were later located. One cat was treated for smoke inhalation.