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Fire rips through Lakewood apartment complex, displacing residents

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on April 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
April 28, 2012 8:51 pm

Fire tore through a Lakewood apartment complex Saturday afternoon, gutting about nine units before firefighters took control and extinguished the blaze.

No one was seriously hurt in the fire, but an unknown number of apartment residents have been displaced, West Pierce Fire & Rescue Capt. Dave Kuhn said Saturday.

“A lot of people are out of their home,” Kuhn said. “The Red Cross is working to get people placed for the night.”

At 3:22 p.m., dispatchers received a 911 call to report the fire at the Twin Oaks Apartments complex at 4801 115th Street Court SW. By 3:27 p.m., the first fire crews had arrived on scene, Kuhn said.

By then, fire had spread through one bottom floor apartment and eight top-floor units in the two-story complex, Kuhn said.

Firefighters utilized deck guns – high capacity water jets – from fire engines to attack the blaze from the outside, Kuhn said. Crews then entered the apartments to finish the job, he added.

“I would say our short response time and the tactics we employed brought the fire under control pretty quickly,” Kuhn said. “Fire in nine units and it took about 15 minutes to control. That’s pretty quick.”

One resident was treated at the scene, but didn’t require hospitalization, he said.

Fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze, Kuhn added.

Fire burns a Lakewood apartment complex Saturday. Courtesy of Dave Stach.

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