An early morning fire in a South Aberdeen apartment left six people homeless on Monday, officials said.
The fire broke out in a two-story, four-unit apartment on the 200 block of W. Curtis Street sometime around 3 a.m., according to an eyewitness and officials with the Aberdeen Fire Department. One of the residents of the apartment went door to door notifying other tenants about the fire.
Barbara Henderson, 84, who lives next to the apartment building said the fire was “shocking.” She sat in her kitchen watching the blaze, hoping her house wouldn’t be next, she said.
“In the back there, upstairs, it was an inferno,” she said pointing to the rear half of the structure. “It was something else. It was just blazing.”
The Aberdeen department responded with a command unit, two fire engines and a medical unit. An engine company from the Hoquiam Fire Department supported Aberdeen firefighters with an engine company. The first truck on scene evacuated residents from the building, according to the press release, and fought the fire from the outside of the building. When additional units came on scene, the detail began fighting the fire from the inside as well. The fire was listed as under control in 20 minutes. No one was injured in the fire.
The Red Cross is assisting the six residents whose apartment units were destroyed. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The top floor of the structure is gutted with water damage throughout. Damage was estimated at $50,000. According to Assessor’s Office records the building is owned by Geer Howard of Santa Paula, Calif., and is assessed at $52,000.