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One dead, six injured in Belltown apartment fire

By meerna Jul11,2024
One dead, six injured in Belltown apartment fire

One person was killed and six others injured in a fire that broke out at an apartment building in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, according to the Seattle Fire Department (SFD).

The fire broke out just after 2 a.m. Wednesday at Vine Court Apartments, a public housing complex. SFD officials said the fire started on the third floor of the building and spread to the fourth floor.

Of the six injured, one person was taken to hospital in “critical condition.”

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“Someone died, and they said someone else who went to the hospital wasn’t doing well,” a resident of the complex said. “I was there, choking to death.”

In total, about 50 people had to be evacuated from the building.

“It was a bit of a chaotic scene, multiple people trying to get out of the building, heavy smoke and flames coming from the third floor,” SFD spokeswoman Kaila Lafferty told KIRO Newsradio. “Some people had to be extricated from third- and fourth-floor windows using ladder trucks and things like that. They were helping people coming out of the hallways. There was a lot of smoke.”

“I was getting ready to jump out the window,” said one resident of the Vince Court apartments. “That’s how close I was to (the fire).”

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The fire is now under control as crews remain on scene. The Seattle Police Department (SPD) confirmed that one person has been arrested in connection with the fire. At 5:27 a.m., two SPD officers arrested a 65-year-old man just outside the building in connection with the fire, but he was later identified and released. Officers said the man was being questioned at the police station Wednesday morning.

As of the time of filing this report, there is no information on a potential cause. According to SFD, this was the third major fire overnight in Seattle.

Contributors: Sam Campbell and Luke Duecy, KIRO Newsradio

Frank Sumrall is a content editor at MyNorthwest. You can read his stories here and you can email him here.

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