No injuries were reported after a fire swept through a large apartment building Tuesday afternoon in Delridge. The building is owned by the Seattle Housing Authority. Fourty-four residents were displaced.
A fire in a large apartment building in the Delridge neighborhood of Seattle pushed dozens of people out of their homes and caused significant damage.
No injuries were reported in the fire at the Lam Bow Apartments, 6955 Delridge Way S.W., reported at 2:36 p.m. Tuesday. Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) owns the building.
When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting through the roof of one of the complex’s apartment buildings. Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire on the back side of a building with 22 to 25 units, according to Seattle fire Lt. Harold Webb.
He said all the units in the building sustained some damage, with the back of the building the most damaged.
Shortly after 5:30 p.m., the Red Cross reported that 44 people were displaced, and staff were assesing their needs.
The cause of the blaze was not immediately known, Webb said. It’s also unclear where the fire started.
Duy Ly, 28, who lives on the first floor, said he heard an alarm and ran outside. While on the sidewalk, he watched the flames move to the area of his living room.
“I’m just trying to figure out what’s next,” he said.
Cassie Toro, who lives next door to the damaged building, said she spotted the apartments “engulfed in flames” and started screaming. She grabbed her children and knocked on the doors of other units to alert residents to the blaze.
“I was helping people down the stairs,” she said of the chaotic scene.
Kerry Coughlin, director of communications for the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), is in contact with staff members at the Lam Bow Apartments helping residents who have been displaced by the fire.
Though she can’t say for sure whether there was anyone occupying the unit where the fire started, Coughlin said she has heard that all of the residents in the other units were able to safely get out of the building.
“I believe it was leased, but I’m not sure if anyone was occupying it at the time of the fire,” she said of the “source” unit.
Though it’s too early to know how extensive the damage is, Coughlin said SHA will be working with the Red Cross and other community organizations to ensure the building’s residents have emergency housing.
“We’ll make sure people have a place,” she said.