Fire Destroys One Unit at the Landmark Apartments
In Crossroads

Late Monday afternoon at 4:27 p.m., units from the Bellevue Fire Department were dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Landmark Apartment complex located in the Crossroads area of Bellevue. Initially three Engines Companies; including one from the Redmond Fire Department, a Truck Company, an Aid Unit, a Battalion Chief, a Medical Services Officer, and a Medic One unit all responded to the emergency 9-1-1 call at 16112 NE 11th St.

Responding from just a few blocks away, Bellevue Engine Three indicated the presence of a large column of black smoke and requested additional resources. They included three additional Engine Companies and an Air Unit from the Bellevue Fire Department, plus an additional Engine Company, Truck Company, and a Battalion Chief from the Redmond Fire Department. A total of 29 firefighters from the Bellevue Fire Department and 10 firefighters from the Redmond Fire Department were on scene to bring the fire under control in approximately 25 minutes. Only one injury was reported, as the adult female occupant of the involved unit suffered minor smoke inhalation. She was treated and released at the scene by Bellevue Medic One.

Arriving first on scene, firefighters from Engine Three encountered a significant amount of fire and smoke extending from both the front and rear of a one-story apartment unit. Because of the


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fire’s intensity and the close proximity of other buildings, firefighters had to simultaneously protect the exposed buildings on each side, as well as make an aggressive exterior fire attack. Once the main body of fire was knocked down, firefighters were able to move quickly throughout the interior of the apartment for further fire extinguishment.

Firefighters were successful at stopping the progression of fire, keeping it from spreading to the adjoining occupancy. However, a portion of the ceiling inside that unit had to be removed in order to ensure that fire had not compromised the attic space. Several windows on nearby buildings were also damage by the heat of the fire, and will require replacement.

A family of three, a single mother and two boys had been living in the damaged apartment. At the time of the fire, only the mother and her youngest son; a six-year old, were at home. Except for a few personal belongings, their apartment is considered a total loss. Fortunately the American Red Cross will be able to provide for their temporary recovery needs.

A preliminary fire investigation has begun, and witness information has revealed that the fire originated in a bedroom where a child may have been playing with a lighter. Initial damage estimates to the building and its contents are expected to exceed $200,000. A total of 7 to 8 people will be displaced from this building for an undetermined amount of time.