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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 11, 2007

Fire damages downtown condominium

A kitchen fire at a downtown condominium spread up a wall to the two-story building's roof Wednesday before Bellevue firefighters reached the scene and extinguished the blaze.

The owner of one of the first-floor units at the Carlyle Condominium complex reported at 3:53 p.m. that her unit was filled with smoke. She had just returned home after visiting with a neighbor when she found her unit charged with smoke. The initial investigation indicates that the likely cause of the fire was an unattended pot left on a hot stove. 

The Carlyle is an eight-unit complex on the 1200 block of Bellevue Way Northeast. 

After extinguishing the kitchen fire, firefighters gained access to the roof area to put out the fire where it had spread. Six Bellevue fire engines, with one Kirkland fire engine assisting, responded to the scene. 

There were no reports of injuries to either residents or firefighters. Fire investigators had not completed a damage estimate as of Thursday.

The Fire Department's Fire Prevention division has produced a "Preventing Home Cooking Fires" video focusing on ways to prevent kitchen fires. 

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