Early morning apartment fire displaces 91 residents



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Posted on June 13, 2014 at 2:29 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 13 at 8:12 AM

A two alarm fire at an apartment building in Federal Way has displaced more than 90 people.

911 calls starting coming in around 12:45 a.m. to report flames inside a 27-unit building at the Crestview Apartments in the 27000 block of Pacific Highway S. The fire appears to have started in the kitchen of a third floor unit according to fire officials.

When fire crews arrived on scene, they found that the fire had spread through the attic. Flames were coming out of a third floor apartment and roof, so a second alarm was called.

Six people were stranded on their balcony and required a ladder for rescue. Firefighters credit fire alarms in the building for saving lives.

"It was really crazy, I tried to keep a calm head," says Alonzo Romero, describing the way he convinced his grandmother not to jump from her balcony to escape the smoke.

Firefighters eventually rescued her. No injures have been reported and fire fighters say it appears everyone made it out safely.

An exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

The Red Cross is on scene providing relief for displaced tenants.