UDPATE FROM SHORELINE FIRE:
A two alarm fire in Shoreline early today destroyed three King County housing apartment units -- and caused minor damage to at least six other apartments
The Red Cross is at the scene, assisting three families who lost everything -- and numerous other evacuated residents who spent the night in a makeshift shelter at the Spin Alley Bowling Center.
The fire broke out around midnight in the Meadowbrook Apartment Complex at 1406 Richmond Beach Road.
Shoreline firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames visible from units on the first, second and third floors.
Shoreline crews were assisted by Northshore Fire and Snohomish County Fire District One in the two alarm blaze.
Fire crews knocked down the fire within 15 minutes and kept it from spreading throughout the large multi-family apartment complex. No one was injured during the incident -- but many spent the night awake, cold and uneasy as they watched fire crews battle the blaze, and during the all-night clean up and investigation.
Dozens of residents evacuated will be unable to return to their homes until mid to late in the day Sunday.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, and will continue into daylight.
A large fire broke out on the north side of Meadowbrook Apartments on Richmond Beach around 12:05 Sunday morning, according to bystander reports.
The fire engulfed all floors of the residential complex, and extended into the building. Over 10 fire trucks and rescue vehicles had pulled up to combat the blaze by 12:20 a.m., with more arriving quickly.
Witnesses were evacuated to the surrounding area, with many pushed back to the parking lot of a nearby bowling alley. Other eyewitnesses said that the occupants had all been evacuated, and no injuries were known at the time.
At least three families were displaced, KOMO reported.
At the time of writing, the police were not available for comment.
—By contributor Forrest Taylor