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Two-alarm fire damages Kent apartment complex

Firefighters attack a blaze Friday, April 20 at an apartment complex in the 23200 block of 88th Avenue South. - COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Fire Department
Firefighters attack a blaze Friday, April 20 at an apartment complex in the 23200 block of 88th Avenue South.
— image credit: COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Fire Department

A two-alarm fire in Kent destroyed three stories of a building at an apartment complex in the 23200 block of 88th Avenue South.

Eleven families were displaced by the fire that broke out at about 4 p.m. Friday, April 20 according to a Kent Fire Department media release. There were no injuries and the displaced residents were allowed to move into unoccupied units at the complex.

Investigators were unable to determine the cause of the fire, but it did not appear to be intentionally set.

Three Kent firefighters spent Friday night monitoring the apartment building to watch for any fire flare-ups.

Three stories of one building were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the complex. After confirming that everyone had escaped the fire, firefighters focused on limiting the spread and damage of the fire and controlled it in about 20 minutes. They were able to stop the fire from spreading to nine other units in the building.

Red Cross assisted families who lost everything in the fire. Other families had to move out because electricity and water were shut off to the building.

The complex requires all renters to secure renters insurance prior to moving in, so residents will be able to replace their possessions.


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