FIRE CALL MADE JUST IN TIME TO SPARE BUILDING
What: Kirkland Fire Department responded to a call this morning to the first floor unit of a Kirkland apartment building. Smoke had been seen coming from the unit and no one responded from inside. The first-in Fire crew, seeing extensive smoke, called for full response. Once inside, the crew discovered a fully involved kitchen fire. The fire was extinguished in approximately 10 minutes. The fire was contained to the kitchen, the smoke and heat damage to living areas of that unit. No other units suffered any damage.
Based on smoke, visibility, and the beginning of fire extension into the ceiling, crews estimate the fire was close to exploding and penetrating into the rest of the building. The kitchen and living areas of the unit are severely damaged and will require significant renovation.
The tenants returned when contacted regarding the fire. A tenant from the second floor unit also returned home, when notified, and that family will spend the night elsewhere while light smoke in their unit clears completely.
The smoke was called in by an employee of the apartment’s management company. He smelled smoke while conducting a routine maintenance inspection in an adjoining building. Following the odor, he located the unit where the smoke was escaping and called 911. Receiving no response to his knocking at the door of that unit, he proceeded to the upper two floors. He evacuated a dog barking in the 2nd level unit and a man asleep in the 3rd level unit.
When: The call went out at 9:09 a.m. The first crew, from Kirkland Fire Station 27, arrived at 9:15 a.m.
Who: The tenants include a father and son and the father’s brother. Their belongings were uninsured and they will be displaced for some time, while the apartment is renovated. The American Red Cross was called in for immediate assistance. The apartment management company will provide another, empty, apartment at the complex beginning in a few days. All of the family’s belongings and furnishings will need to be replaced.
In all, 10 Fire units responded, from Kirkland, Redmond and Woodinville.
No civilians and no Firefighters were injured.
Where: The apartment complex is located in the 12800 block of NE 120th St. in Kirkland.
Loss: Damage was estimated at $70,000 for structure, $30,000 for contents.
Cause: Fire cause is still under investigation.
Contact: Robin Paster, PIO, Desk) 425-587-3659 or Cell) 206-755-0038