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Fire Burns Meadowbrook Apartments in Richmond Beach

No injuries known at this time

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.  

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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 

Harley O'Neil, Jr. November 11, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Spin Alley Bowling Center opened their doors to all tenants who were displaced by the fire and kept the bowling alley open all night to provide a place to rest and keep warm. Coffee was provided and the American Red Cross came early this morning to provide breakfast to those who were hungry. The Fire Department assisted all tenants to make sure that their units were ready to re-enter and Royal Property Management provided security to all units in the 1406 building during the night and also monitored the fire alarm system to make sure that there were no additional fire issues. Fire Safety Systems is going out to the building this morning to reset the fire alarm system to make it safe. Harley O'Neil, Jr.
Tony Dondero November 12, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Thanks, Harley for providing assistance to the residents.
Amber Cass November 14, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Yes, thank you! I was so worried about everyone.

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