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Apartment fire displaces tenants

A fire in an apartment in a Port Orchard apartment complex displaced 10 tenants.

South Kitsap Fire and Rescue crews responded to the fire about 9 p.m. July 23 at Cedar Heights Apartments, 333 Lippert Dr. West.

According to Battalion Chief Jeff Faucett, when firefighters arrived they found heavy fire coming from the first floor of a two-story building.

Faucett reported that the first crews at the scene aggressively attacked the fire while other crews searched the building for any occupants. There were no occupants found inside the building.

The fire was extinguished at approximately 9:30 p.m. After the fire was extinguished, crew spent several hours performing overhaul and salvage operations, reported Faucett.

Two tenants were evaluated on the scene for minor medical issues and one firefighter suffered a hand injury.

“This fire resulted in the no fatalities or serious injuries because the tenants heard the fire alarms and quickly evacuated the building,” said Faucett.

A SKFR chaplain and American Red Cross representative arrived at the scene to assist tenants with five tenants with temporary housing overnight. Five other tenants stayed with family and friends. The American Red Cross will work with the tenants and property managers to find permanent housing.

The Kitsap County Fire Marshal is conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the blaze.

Faucett said that 21 career firefighters and 19 volunteers responded to the fire.

 

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