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About 30 residents of a senior-citizen housing complex just north of downtown Kenmore huddled outside for more than an hour Wednesday as firefighters extinguished a fire and cleared smoke out of the building.

The blaze at the apartments at 7021 N.E. 182nd St. was reported at 2:36 p.m. and was put out within minutes, said Terri Jones of King County Fire Protection District 16.

There were no injuries, and damage was confined to a section of wall in a manager’s office, Jones said. The cause was unknown, though the blaze apparently stemmed from an electrical malfunction, she said.

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The residents of the three-story building were moved outside and huddled in blankets in a parking lot.

“I’m not cold,” said Jean Hudson, 83, as she sat wrapped in a gray blanket.

The nonprofit apartments opened in March 2001, said manager Pam Sprague.


Overlake Hospital opens new clinic

Overlake Hospital Medical Center has opened its new Anticoagulation Clinic at 6520 226th Place S.E., Suite 140, near the hospital’s Urgent Care Center in Issaquah. This clinic will care for patients on blood thinners or anticoagulation medication.

An anticoagulant slows the body’s ability to form a blood clot. It is used to help prevent and treat blood clots associated with an irregular heartbeat, atrial fibrillation, heart-valve replacement or certain clotting disorders. Doctors say monitoring is important, as small changes in medications, diet and exercise can dramatically affect therapy.

Patients who take anticoagulants can see specially trained pharmacists who perform blood tests, provide education and prescribe medication.

For more information, call 425-688-5111.


Heritage center to celebrate history

The Eastside Heritage Center celebrates local history today and Friday in Bellevue.

Author Dave Neiwert will be the guest speaker at the group’s monthly meeting at 7 tonight at the Winters House.

Neiwert wrote the book “Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese American Community.” It details the Japanese settlers who made Bellevue a prosperous farming community in the 1920 and 1930s. After World War II began, farmers and their families were sent to internment camps.

The program at the Winters House, 2102 Bellevue Way S.E., is free.

Friday, the Heritage Center will hold its annual meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Northwest Arts Center, 9825 N.E. 24th St. in Bellevue.

The meeting will celebrate the installation of the Sepp Mayrhuber Mosaic in its new display space at the Center. The mosaic has been in storage since 1993.

Volunteers also will be honored for their work with the Heritage Center.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau