FIrefighters battle a blaze Thursday evening at an apartment complex in the 700 block of Fifth Avenue South. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound RFA

FIrefighters battle a blaze Thursday evening at an apartment complex in the 700 block of Fifth Avenue South. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound RFA

Fire wrecks Kent apartment complex unit

Five people displaced in Kent Valley

Firefighters responded to an apartment complex fire Thursday evening in Kent – the third structure fire of the day.

Fire broke out at about 6:35 p.m. in the 700 block of Fifth Avenue South, according to a Puget Sound Fire media release. Investigators ruled the fire was accidental and caused by cooking.

Firefighters from the closest fire station could see a column of smoke as they left their station and upgraded the fire status to include additional units.

When they arrived at the single-story apartment complex, they found heavy smoke and fire coming from one of the units. While one crew aggressively attacked the fire, another went to the flat roof to cut a hole and extinguish the fire that had spread into the attic space.

Although only one apartment suffered fire damage, two others were affected by smoke.

One child was treated for possible smoke inhalation and sent to a local hospital as a precaution. There were no other injuries. Red Cross assisted the two adults and three children displaced by the fire.

Units from Valley RFA and South King Fire and Rescue assisted Puget Sound Fire. Medic One and Zone 3 rehab units were also involved.

At approximately 4 a.m. Thursday, Puget Sound firefighters responded to a restaurant fire in the 1600 block of West Meeker Street. At 4:30 p.m., many of the same crews responded to a house fire in the 25300 block of 30th Avenue South on the West Hill. The cause of those fires remains under investigation.

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