Two Critical After Seattle Apartment Fire


Two people were critically injured in a two-alarm fire at an apartment building in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood.

Dana Vander Houwen of the Seattle Fire Department said a man in his 30s was hurt after jumping from the third story of the building. The other victim was a woman in her 70s who suffered respiratory distress.

The fire appears to have started in the attic of the three-story building on South Henderson Street. An estimated 65 to 70 firefighters responded to the fire and kept the damage primarily contained to the building's roof.

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Video from Chopper 7 showed firefighters on the building's roof and a ladder extended to the third floor.

Smoke could be seen coming from a top window near the building's corner and many people standing on the street watching the fire crews' efforts after the building was evacuated.

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The fire was quickly knocked down after firefighters chopped holes in the building's roof.

Two Metro Transit buses are near the scene, where displaced residents are waiting to learn if they will be allowed back into the building. Four units were damaged.

The Seattle Red Cross is responding to offer help to the residents.