NORTH BEND, Wash. -- Nearly an entire apartment building was damaged in a fire Thanksgiving night at a North Bend complex.
The fire at the Mt. Si Court Apartments started around 8:00 p.m. People who live there said it took just minutes for the fire to spread to the whole building.
"I grabbed the fire extinguisher and I ran in there," said Robert Mazzola, who went back inside his apartment to rescue his pets. "All of a sudden...it just went pop, pop, and the whole building, my whole apartment, just flames. There was nothing we could do."
Mazzola and his girlfriend Nikki Alskog said they feel fortunate to have each other. Everything else of theirs was destroyed.
Five units are beyond repair, and several other apartments were heavily damaged by smoke and flames.
A 38-year-old woman was hospitalized for smoke inhalation after she reportedly collapsed in the parking lot after fleeing her unit. A King County Sheriff's deputy was also checked out for smoke inhalation after he went from unit to unit looking for possible victims.
Alskog's cat and dog were found dead in their burned out apartment.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but investigators said they believe it was accidental and started in the back bedroom of a downstairs unit in the three-story building. The fire spread to units on each side and above it.
More than 50 firefighters, paramedics and police were on scene to help put the fire out.