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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 8, 2010

Fire damages Eastgate duplex

Damaged duplexFire heavily damaged one of the apartments in an Eastgate duplex early today. All five occupants in the apartment at the time were able to escape, only one needing to go to a hospital for minor smoke inhalation.

The fire occurred in the 13900 block of Southeast Newport Way at around 4:42 a.m. Multiple 911 callers, including next-door neighbors, reported the fire.

The blaze appeared to have started near an outside wall and quickly spread to the building's second story and roof. King County fire investigators were combing the scene for clues on how the fire started. There was no preliminary cause to report, and nothing appeared suspicious on Friday.

Four occupants in the other duplex apartment were also able to escape safely. Despite some smoke damage, that apartment will probably remain habitable. The American Red Cross offered duplex residents help with food, clothing and sheltering needs. 

There were no injuries to firefighters. There was no official damage cost estimate. In addition to the damage to the apartments, two cars were destroyed by the fire.

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