3-alarm fire forces families out of Skyway apartments



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Posted on November 22, 2012 at 6:18 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 22 at 11:19 PM

More than 30 Skyway residents were left out in the cold to start Thanksgiving after their apartment complex caught fire.

The three-alarm fire at the Greentree Apartments in the 6900 block of 123rd street was called out just after 2:30 a.m. Nobody was hurt and investigators had not determined a cause Thursday morning because the unit where the fire sparked is so badly damaged.

The fire started on the third floor in the "D" building. That building has 16 units.

The electricity to the "D" building is on the same grid as three other buildings, so they were left without power for a short time. Firefighters say it may be days before electricity is restored.

Families are left to find a new place to celebrate Thanksgiving.

“We could look out our front unit and we could see flames and we knew it was bad,” said Areme Webster, a third floor tenant.

The building was constructed in the 1960s and was not required, by law, to have a sprinkler system or fire alarm. That’s still an issue for Webster and his girlfriend.

“It’s time to write some letters to management to get some of these things installed so this doesn’t happen again,” he said.

The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at the community center in Renton to assist those who have been displaced.