BELLEVUE – It was bad enough that a fire had engulfed one apartment and was tearing into three others at a complex in the Wilburton neighborhood the evening of Friday, Feb. 2. Bellevue firefighters working to douse the flames at the Glendale Apartments on the 12600 block of Northeast 10th Place heard a call for help.
The fire had trapped a woman and her child in a second-floor apartment. Firefighters used a ladder truck to rescue the residents from a bedroom window. The two were transported to a local hospital for possible smoke inhalation.
The blaze started in a first-floor apartment around 7:30 p.m., apparently while the occupant was away. He reported finding smoke and flames when he returned and opened the door to his home. Another resident claimed to have heard the beeping of a smoke detector below her apartment for several minutes before she noticed smoke. She escaped her unit on her own.
Four Bellevue fire engines, two ladder trucks, one medic unit and one aid car responded to the call. A Redmond fire engine responded when additional crews were needed at the scene.
The American Red Cross assisted the eight residents displaced by the fire. Apartment management offered open units at the 82-unit complex to the displaced residents.
Fire investigators have found that the fire originated in the living room area of the first-floor apartment. Investigators were still determining the cause of the fire Saturday, but they considered it likely to be accidental. No residents or firefighters were injured, but damage to the building and contents was about $500,000.
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