One dead and six injured in apartment fire in Belltown

One dead and six injured in apartment fire in Belltown

According to the Seattle Fire Department (SFD), one person was killed and six others were injured in a Level 2 fire in an apartment building in Seattle’s Belltown district.

The fire broke out shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday at the Vine Court Apartments, an affordable housing complex. SFD officials said the fire started on the third floor of the building and spread to the fourth floor.

One of the six injured was taken to hospital in “critical condition.”

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“Someone died and they say someone else who went to the hospital is not doing well,” said a resident of the complex. “I was in there and almost suffocated.”

In total, about 50 people had to evacuate the building.

“It was a pretty chaotic scene, a lot of people trying to get out of the building, there was thick smoke and flames coming from the third floor,” SFD spokeswoman Kaila Lafferty told KIRO Newsradio. “Some people had to be pulled out of the third and fourth floor windows with aerial ladders and things like that. They were helping people coming out of the hallways. There was a lot of smoke.”

“I was about to jump out the window,” said a resident of the Vince Court Apartments. “That’s how close (the fire) was to me.”

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The fire is now under control and emergency services are still on site. The Seattle Police Department (SPD) confirmed that one person was arrested in connection with the fire.

At the time of reporting, no information was available about the possible cause of the fire. According to SFD, it was the third major fire to break out overnight in Seattle.

Contributors: Sam Campbell and Luke Duecy, KIRO Newsradio

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