MACLEOD PAPPIDAS | THE DAILY WORLD
A resident of an evacuated apartment building in Aberdeen is comforted by her sister as firefighters extinguish a blaze that started in one of the units Friday morning.
A fire Friday morning in Aberdeen gutted one unit at an eight-unit apartment complex. Aberdeen Fire Chief Dave Carlberg said that the American Red Cross was called in to relocate a woman who lived in the unit alone. Other residents in the apartments were able to return home.
There was one injury related to the fire. A bystander who noticed the fire entered the building to alert the residents inside. The 32-year-old woman was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by fire department medics.
Chief Carlberg said that four cats and a dog died in the fire.
The chief said early signs appear to indicate that discarded smoking materials by the occupant may have caused the fire. Damage to the structure is estimated at $78,000 as well as $29,000 to the contents of the building.
The fire started at about 8:45 a.m. on the 600 block of East 1st Street. The chief said that seven fire units and 14 personnel responded, including an engine company from Hoquiam.
“Due to a quick response and an aggressive interior attack by the first-arriving units, the fire was limited to the room and contents of Apartment 2 with some minor smoke damage to the other units of the building,” Chief Carlberg wrote in a memo about the fire. “The fire was controlled in nine minutes.”
The burned unit was on the ground level and Chief Carlberg credited residents with closing their doors before evacuating the building.
That simple act may have saved their units from further smoke damage.